The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Wolfgang Kurtz
The Seward Phoenix LOG 

Federal shutdown comes to town

 

Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

National Park Service personnel take unscheduled leave as the first federal government shutdown in 17 years furloughs dozens of public employees in the Seward area.

National Park Service personnel take unscheduled leave as the first federal government shutdown in 17 years furloughs dozens of public employees in the Seward area. Federal agencies including the Chugach National Forest and NPS were given up to four hours on Tuesday to secure facilities and operations before leaving for mandatory unpaid time off. Because the U.S. Congress failed to pass legislation to fund federal government by midnight on Monday, all but critical services were shut down. Mark Thompson, Chief Ranger for Kenai Fjords National Park was on hand to lock down the newly rebuilt NPS offices on Railway Avenue. He recalled the last government shutdown 17 years ago when he was a park ranger in the newly designated Death Valley National Park and said that at least this time he had barricades to close off access to local facilities including Exit Glacier. Classified as essential personnel, Thompson will remain on the clock, although he may not be paid.

 

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