Government shutdown impacting national parks

Cheryl Sanders
January 23, 2018

Zinke also had scathing words for the Democrats' role in provoking a government shutdown.

So what happens next?

At least two races, including the Lake Mead Marathon and the Run for Regis 50K, posted that the federal government shut down led to the cancellation of their events. "It leaves in limbo thousands of federal employees, contractors and their families in South Jersey and across the country who can not return to work".

State parks would be unaffected by a government shutdown.

Health and Human Services Department: About 63 percent of the agency would be furloughed, which includes 8,500 employees in the Centers For Disease Control (CDC).

He hopes an agreement in the federal government can be reached. The shutdown focused on areas considered as "non-essential".

Active military personnel will report for duty, according to a statement from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. However, the troops - including those in combat - will potentially not be paid during a shutdown.

When it comes to honoring our veterans and national heritage, the difference between the Obama and Trump administrations is like night and day. The military is now paid through February 1.

Ellershaw says he's more anxious about the military and government employees who won't be working or get a paycheck. "However services that require staffing and maintenance such as campgrounds and full service restrooms, will not be operating".

"All employees with the Special Counsel's Office are considered exempt and would continue their operations in the case of a lapse in appropriations", the spokesperson said.

"Regardless of whether or not the federal government shuts down, D.C. government will be open for business", Bowser said. Visitor Centers and Museum will be closed.

"The bison and the elk and the bighorn sheep - the shutdown doesn't affect them so we're happy", Lee said.

Air traffic control systems, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents will report to work.

Mail delivery: The U.S. Postal Service is self-funded and will continue to operate. Many government workers will probably cut back their own spending during the shutdown.

In New Mexico, parts of Bandelier National Monument's cliff dwellings and fragile archaeological sites were off-limits to protect them from damage, but the entrance road and some trails were open. Some Yosemite areas are accessible, however access may change without notice, and there are limited NPS-provided services. Bowser said the city will be tracking those costs and plans to seek reimbursement from the federal government. "We're not going to try and hurt people", he said in a briefing Friday with reporters.

According to officials, among the parks closed are Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach parking lot and restrooms, Kirby Cove, Fort Mason headquarters information along with Fort Mason Great Meadow restrooms, Fort Point National Historic Site, and more.

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