?The mail must go through,? so also UPS packages.
As reliable as the U.S. Post office to get the mail to Lincoln County, United Parcel Service is equally dedicated.
Tony Mares and Joel Topping have been serving the county as UPS drivers for a combined total of 25 years.
Topping is the driver who comes down from Caliente Monday through Friday, to connect with Mares at the Sinclair station in Alamo to make transfer of packages that need to be delivered in the north part.
He said he has been with UPS for 23 years, at first in the Las Vegas area, plus in the warehouse at Martin Luther and Bonanza, and the past nine years out of Caliente.
Topping?s route takes him from Alamo to Caliente and Panaca. ?It takes about 40 to 45 minutes to transfer packages.? On his delivery route, he also picks up packages that he will transfer to Mares? truck for return to the Las Vegas center when they meet again the next morning.
?I deliver first in Caliente,? Topping said, ?then Panaca and Pioche, and sometimes to Mt. Wilson, Atlanta, Hermitag and Eagle Valley.?
Mares has been with UPS for 29 years, and doing the Lincoln County route for the past 16 years. ?At first, I lived in Tonopah, and drove the big triple trailers between Reno and Vegas.? In 2000 he transferred to the Vegas office and got the Lincoln County route.
He said, ?My truck is already loaded when I get to the warehouse about 7 a.m., but I go through it also to make sure there are not any misloads.?
?The truck is loaded by town,? Mares said, ?so the packages for Topping are separated from those in Pahranagat Valley.?
Surprising, Alamo is not his first stop of the day, he has already made stops in Las Vegas each morning before driving to Alamo. ?I deliver early A.M. air, going to the Apex area, stop at Coyote Springs, then come to the Alamo Sinclair station to meet with Joel.?
After making the transfer, Mares said he can sort his truck a little more before making local deliveries and pickups in Alamo, Hiko and Rachel.
?I pretty much know everybody in the Pahranagat Valley, so I do a lot of indirect delivery,? he said, which means his delivery route is not organized alphabetically or by individual street. ?I do a counterclockwise rotation through Alamo, but I can also see people on the street and may not have to go to their home each time.?
The day is not over for Marer after he returns to Las Vegas. ?When I get back I have more work there. I deliver the 89086 area (Pecos and Washburn), about 40 or 50 stops there, so I get done between 8 – 9 p.m.? And is back at the warehouse, bright and early, at 7 a.m. the next morning.
In an average day, Marer says he makes between 70 – 90 stops, about 350 miles per day. ?If I have to go up to Caliente to help Joel, that bumps up the mileage to about 440. But if that is going to be needed, the office takes the Vegas work off me.?
A friendly person, willing to talk, Mares said, ?Just remember, when I?m delivering, I?m being timed, so I can only talk for so long.?