Yellowstone visitors speak out as federal government shuts down

Yellowstone visitors speak out as federal government shuts down

"I'm a little anxious", said Brown, the chief financial officer of an automotive manufacturing company.

So what if you get social security checks? Some Golden Gate National Recreation Area sites are accessible, however access may change without notice, and there are no NPS provided services.

Additionally, the Eisenhower National Historic Site will be closed during the shutdown. Reportedly, people will still be able to drive through places like Glacier National Park.

Officials say Yosemite National Park in California is open to visitors despite the government shutdown but there'll be nobody to greet them, help them navigate the trails or even make sure they're in the right campground. The hang-up appears to be over whether a deal for a new spending bill should also extend immigration protections for people known as "Dreamers" whose parents brought them to the U.S.at a young age. And it left others upset that their plans to experience American treasures were thwarted.

In Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall - where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed - were closed. The island will stay open but there won't be any rangers to give tours.

If conditions in the park become unsafe, roads and developed areas will be closed. "It is concerning that when there are fewer staff members that some unsavory character might take advantage of the situation", Francis says.

The administration's shutdown plan means open-air parks, with their hiking trails and sprawling scenery, will largely remain open.

Paul Norconk woke up looking forward to taking his family to an educational ranger talk about roadrunners.

Yellowstone will provide limited emergency response during the government shutdown.

"It's very, very disorganized, maybe because we've been at the brink of the cliff so many times", Cox said. "They deserve something better than deportation".

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Explaining her reason for quitting, board member Carolyn Finney, a geography professor at the University of Kentucky, wrote in an op-ed to Newsweek that she was tired of "the unwillingness of the new interior secretary to engage with us and hear about the work that so many individuals around the country are doing to care for the national parks and each other". The Washington Post said there was "wide confusion across the park system".

"We're usually on our own, so it's nothing to worry about", he said.

Yellowstone had 2 inches of fresh snow on Saturday and temperatures in the teens.

Visitors will have to look elsewhere for information about weather and backcountry avalanche risk inside the park.

George Nell, a maintenance ranger for the North District, shoveled the walks at the Mammoth campground bathroom. The visitor centers would be closed, as would full-service restrooms.

Ken Sinay, 64, owner of Yellowstone Safaris, drove by a auto that had just run off the icy road in Lamar Valley.

"It's not realistic", she said, "and I think it's a lack of understanding of the roles that so many people play in the parks and, frankly, what [roles] volunteers play in the parks as well". It was an important promise for the small communities around the park who rely on it for tourism. Washington state has 53,000 federal employees. But after cruising past the closed booth where entrance fees are usually collected, the Lees were soon trudging through the snow on a boardwalk leading to one of the park's famous thermal features. "There will be no impact to safety or safety oversight for the traveling public", the FAA said. "We would have had to refund their money".

The shutdown is affecting presidential libraries as well. "They've been so irresponsible the previous year, as well as the White House", she said.

"With this new direction - where some things are open, some things are not, some things are going to be maintained, some things are not - and you're asking them to figure this out on the fly in 24 hours", Jarvis said. "It is just a power struggle, and we are caught in the middle". "I got a lot of thanks from both sides of the aisle".

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