Unexpected Ways The Government Shutdown Might Affect You

by Fredrick Graves January 5, 2019, 0:31
Unexpected Ways The Government Shutdown Might Affect You

In its final full day of the 115th Congress yesterday, the Senate failed to approve Trump's nomination of Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela to fill the position.

The Grant Village will remain open, as will Highway 180 for through traffic to Princess Campground and Montecito Sequoia Lodge.

In Washington, the 17 museums run by the Smithsonian as well as the National Zoo closed their doors on Wednesday after running out of emergency funding, leaving tourists frustrated with politicians of both parties.

National parks like Yosemite, Death Valley, and Joshua Tree, among others, have strained under the weight of the nearly-two-week government shutdown, The Los Angeles Times reported.

"Areas within the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park are also closed".

"I want to extend a honest thanks to local businesses, volunteer groups, and tribal members who have done their best to assist in picking up litter and helping maintain campgrounds", park superintendent David Smith said in a statement.

Unlike some previous government shutdowns, in which national parks closed entirely, gates have remained opened under the Trump administration, though parks are severely understaffed. It is unclear how long the shutdown will last and whether the National Park Service will opt to close some or all of the parks if the situation continues.

Joshua Tree National Park, which is located in California, will stay open during the shutdown.

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A National Park Service notice posted at the top of each park's website now warns that even updates won't be available because of lack of staffing.

The ranger station is closed and only tire marks are in the snow, the roads and parking lots are not plowed.

Under the National Park Service's shutdown plan, authorities have to close any area where garbage or other problems become threats to health and safety or to wildlife, spokesman Jeremy Barnum said in an email Monday to The Associated Press. "I would rather they close than be damaged", said Joe De Luca, a sales associate at Nomad Ventures in the town of Joshua Tree.

"We're concerned there'll be impacts to visitors' safety".

Additional closures include Lost Horse Mine Road due to illegal activity and Rattlesnake Canyon in order to reduce the number of search-and-rescue events for rangers already spread thin due to the government shutdown.

In Joshua Tree, dozens of volunteers have come together to try to maintain the park. Those guides are splitting the cost of grooming the trails used by their vehicles to keep their operations going, said Travis Watt, general manager of See Yellowstone Alpen Guides.

The booth at the park's entrance was closed, so visitors were able to roll in without paying an entrance fee.

"Other non-essential services provided by the Federal Government agencies may also be affected during the shutdown - check local media for up-to-date information", the FCO said".

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