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Post office welcomed back to Camp Meeker

After a six-month displacement from the humble trailer that for two decades has served as post office and community center for the forested hamlet of about 425, the public was welcomed back Tuesday with a pledge that discussions about closing Camp Meeker’s post office for good had been abandoned.

Santa Rosa neighbors get their mail, and an apology

Santa Rosa’s acting postmaster Wednesday paid a visit to the postal patrons who’d been told by her agency to move their mailboxes from their front doors to the curb, and whose delivery service was suspended when they failed to comply.

Sonoma County laments plan to end Saturday mail

Across the nation Wednesday, people absorbed the news that the Postal Service plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays as a cost-savings measure. The change will take effect in August.

Healdsburg OKs Seghesio culinary venue at old post office

Healdsburg winemaker Pete Seghesio has the green light to build a two-story culinary venue at the site of the city’s burned post office. The City Council this week approved a development agreement allowing Seghesio’s Healdsburg Meat Co. building to go forward. The store will feature Italian-style cured meats and sausage made on the spot, cafe, deli and wine tasting.

GUEST OPINION: Uncle Sam is making the wrong choices

North Coast congressional candidate Norman Solomon says government is the only institution that has the capacity to provide economic remedies for the social distress in our country. But government is failing, he says, opting for policies that normalize unemployment while undermining individuals, families and communities. He says we must change our national funding priorities to revive our communities.

Federal workers brace for government shutdown

As budget talks moved slowly in Washington, 1,600 federal employees in Sonoma County are preparing for the possibility that the government may shut down this weekend. Many of them will be spared from unpaid furloughs, thanks to their essential military or safety roles. But others may have to face the news that they may be sent home or their paychecks delayed.

U.S. Postal Service won’t rebuild Healdsburg post office

U.S. Postal Service officials on Monday said they are not in favor of rebuilding a post office in downtown Healdsburg to replace the one destroyed by fire, despite acknowledging that it was “beloved in the community.” City Council members said the alternative site has traffic and pedestrian access problems.

Survey: Little public interest in rebuilding Healdsburg post office

Postal officials have agreed to a public meeting in Healdsburg to discuss the results of a survey they say demonstrates little need for a new downtown post office to replace the one destroyed by fire. But Healdsburg officials are skeptical of the results.