Government shutdown affecting local national parks

By Deb Murphy

Today marks the 19th day of the federal shutdown.

Bishop’s office building housing the Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management staffs has a note on its locked door, idle vehicles sit in the parking lot.

Visitors can tool around Manzanar but can’t get in the building to view the exhibits.

Death Valley campsites are closed but the resorts, not federal facilities, are open and doing well, according to a report by park head Mike Reynolds, via Supervisor Matt Kingsley at Tuesday’s Board meeting.

Four restrooms are functioning and the visitors’ center is open and staffed by the Death Valley Historical Society.

It would be appropriate to talk about the number of local residents going without their paychecks, but by the time this thing actually hit, it was too late to get that data. E-mails get a canned “we’re closed” reply.

On top of the impact of locals going without their paychecks—services provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture are at risk.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, Food Distribution Programs on Native American reservations and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) could be impacted if the shutdown drags on.

Marilyn Mann, Inyo’s Health and Human Services director, thinks the state may be able to continue funding these programs. “The state is committed to food security,” she said. She and other staff members will be attending meetings with state social services later this week, hopefully to get more clarity on potential funding for these programs.

According to CBS News, SNAP is automatically renewed but has not been financed past this month. Three billion dollars have been appropriated as emergency funding but that won’t cover all of the program’s obligations through February.

WIC and other supplemental food programs targeting specific populations have no funding. According to the USDA, those programs could continue at the local level “with any funding and commodity resources that remain available.”

Staffing at the federal level has been cut by 95-percent.

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23 Responses to Government shutdown affecting local national parks

  1. David Dennison January 11, 2019 at 10:48 pm #

    Tinner,,first off,not watching too much CNN,more so watching the habitual stupid lies trump he himself says on a daily basis,something his worshipers seem stupid enough to still believe.President Obama never would’ve first lied about building a vanity wall or lied about saying Mexico would pay for it to please his base.And just what is the thing trump is (all caps)”DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT”…shutting down the Government,causing Government workers hardships,threatening to use disaster relief funds if he doesn’t get his way ? As we’re all seeing,it’s not going to work,for him or his worshipers,no longer an ass kissing Congress that bows down to his every word…if he does claim this phony “emergency”,it’s still not going to work or get done without years of litigation…nothing more than mouth-action,something we’ve seen a lot of in two years,but certainly not “doing something about it”,as you claim, other than more mouth action and lies.Whether it’s him getting voted out in 2020,or if people are stupid enough to vote him in for another term and 4 more more years of this reality show embarrassment,the “wall” will never be built.Lately,it seems members of his own party in the Congress are getting fed up with the lies and trying to bully…seems it’s about time his worshipers that voted for him and still bow down to him own up to the mistake they made and start thinking that same way…

    • Tinner January 13, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

      Too easy.

  2. Tinner January 11, 2019 at 8:24 pm #

    Clearly the never trumpers here watch too much cnn.
    If this wall was being built under the Obama admin. there wouldn’t be a democrat against it, David Dennison aka Low Inyo would be offering to shine Obama’s shoes for his photo op upon its completion. If the wall was being built under the Obama admin not a Hollywood celebrity would be against it, not the ladies on The View and none of the never trumpers here on this blog. Totally ridiculous and beyond comprehension.
    The Democratic Party is the party of hypocrisy.
    Trump isn’t saying anything much different than what Obama said when he was president regarding the border, the difference is Trump is DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

    • Trout Junkie January 14, 2019 at 11:07 am #

      Agree with Tinner.

    • Charles O. Jones January 14, 2019 at 5:32 pm #

      Can’t blame you for bagging on CNN, Tinner. They tend to draw attention to our President’s frequent lies and misleading claims. You’re probably better off sticking with trusty Faux News, they’ll gloss right over those parts you’d rather not hear.

      • David Dennison January 15, 2019 at 10:47 am #

        Charles O……When I go to Faux News for my daily laughs,notice the way hannity talks to,looks at and interviews trump…..when I had a wife or girlfriend I was crazy about,I can only wish they had looked into my eyes that way !!….and so true about CNN…trump and trump worshipers cry out “fake news”but it’s trump himself talking the lies,just so happens a camera and mic in front of him when he does.

    • The region's largest employer is the government and if you think this won't affect our economy you're fooling yourself. January 24, 2019 at 4:54 pm #

      I guess we’ll never know if Democrats would’ve supported it if Obama had proposed the wall because by strange coincidence he never did…weird.

    • sugarmags January 25, 2019 at 9:53 am #

      Not correct. Democrats have supported building walls along the border, WHERE PRACTICAL AND COST EFFECTIVE. Trumps plan is not cost effective or even effective as a border crossing deterrent. What we want is efficient use of our taxpayer money. Trumps proposal is based on a campaign promise and not based on practicality or common sense.
      Re-open the government and allow discourse on more cost effective ways to decrease illegal immigration.
      My idea is that we DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO WORK IN USA. Yes, that could be enforced, if we tried.
      The reason it’s not is because the RICH ACTUALLY WANT THEM HERE! They speak with forked tongues, saying one thing while do another.
      And Trumpette’s are so gullible, they fall for it. Wake up sheeple!

      • David Dennison January 25, 2019 at 6:34 pm #

        sugermags……true stuff you say there…trumps “wall” (that Mexico was going to pay for ) nothing more than ANOTHER lie told to his worshipers during his campaign…not a solution to illegal immigration.And the mention of the rich actually wanting them here,I personally know trump worshipers that chant about “coming here legally”,but when they hire someone to do the jobs they need done or don’t want to do or can’t do themselves,guess who they hire to do the work,usually paying them $ 10.00 an hour ? And you mention the “sheeple” there at the end of your comment….trump himself said long before he was elected,if he were to ever run for office he’s go Republican because ,and I quote,from trump himself…”republicans are so stupid they believe anything you tell them “…..

  3. sugarmags January 11, 2019 at 8:16 am #

    Government by tantrum does not work. We elect these people to discuss and debate issues and to come up with reasonable solutions to our country’s problems. Illegal immigration is an issue that deserves debate and analysis. Spending billions to fatten the pockets of govt. contractors while not addressing the problem is not economically efficient and no intelligent person would ever support it.

  4. David Dennison January 10, 2019 at 5:14 pm #

    Phillip..should any of us be surprised at something like this happening ?…not me…I knew back in late 2016 this clown and his habitual lies and campaign promises we ALL knew he wouldn’t really be able keep to his worshipers would somehow and eventually turn this Country upside-down,,and it did…now,no longer just someone to laugh at and laugh about…as well as making America the laughing-stock and the total embarrassment of the World.

  5. Philip Anaya January 10, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

    Holding 800,000 folks and their households hostage to a campaign promise is criminal . I think it’s called extortion of the nation. With holding Federal Employee Services from our nation is irresponsible. The shutdown must end immediately and then Border Security and Comprehensive Immigration Policy can be debated and resolved . We need a Marshall Plan for the Americas that will keep folks in their homelands. We need a huge Guest worker Program for services and to pick and grow our food and a verify program that works with the worker program.
    We need DACA kids to have legitimate status and a Border Security System that will work
    Until then the question of the day remains : Where are the Pesos, Mr Trump ?

  6. David Dennison January 9, 2019 at 6:41 pm #

    Mono Person…..But you’ll soon see people unable to pay for their mortgages, rent ,food and other things being paid for working a job provides.But I guess the answer to that is standing up.saying “bye,bye” and storming out of the room….not everyone has a rich Daddy to rely on…

    • Super Dave January 11, 2019 at 12:59 am #

      It’s called payday advance google check into cash

      • Pedro January 11, 2019 at 11:06 am #

        Super Lame,

        You’re suggesting ~400% APR loans?

        • David Dennison January 11, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

          Pedro,I’m sure “Super Dave” is just being “Super Lame”,but not really too much different than what some of the trump worshipers are saying and suggesting…some of them including trump himself,stating most,if not all of the unpaid Government workers are behind trump with the shutdown and don’t mind working for nothing if it means trump’s vanity wall is built…read a post today,a trump worshiper saying “the Government workers wouldn’t need the money if they had been smarter and saved their money in case of something like this happening “…

          • The neighbor January 27, 2019 at 9:48 am #

            And Super Drunk

  7. Mono person January 9, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

    As the fattest society on earth, I don’t see anyone starving…

    • Charles O. Jones January 10, 2019 at 10:01 pm #

      So is that what it takes, someone starving for you to give a hoot? Or is that what “Mono person” actually means, you don’t care about anyone but yourself? I mistakenly assumed it was a geographical reference.

      Somehow I think your comments would be entirely different if you were directly impacted by this. I have no idea what kind of work you do but I seriously doubt you’d be interested in doing it for free.

      • Mono Person January 11, 2019 at 9:31 am #

        No I am not a tax eater, and I knew you people would get your panties in a bunch, with that statement. Truth hurts. And show me one starving person in America….

        • Charles O. Jones January 11, 2019 at 7:23 pm #

          I don’t see anyone claiming to be starving????

          Not sure what mean by “you people” either? If you’re referring to federal workers – I’m self employed and I’m fortunate enough to not need the services discussed in this article. Or maybe by “you people” you mean those you don’t see eye to eye with politically. Regardless, many of those impacted by the shutdown are our community members, neighbors and friends. They’re caught in the middle of a political boondoggle by no fault of their own. And you seem content to sit back and take pot shots at them while hiding behind the anonymity of the web. The new normal I guess. Forgive me if I’m not on board.

          • Rob January 27, 2019 at 9:46 am #

            “You people” should be avoided as it’s a pretty wide brush and rarely gets a good response. Most people side with a continued paycheck regardless of how it affects anyone else in the long run. Might it be a perfect Country if we were all tax eaters?

        • Tinner January 11, 2019 at 7:59 pm #

          “What do you mean, you people?”
          Just kidding, I couldn’t help it.


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