Federal facilities re-open in Eastern Sierra

devilsppThe more than two-week federal government shutdown ended Thursday morning when President Obama signed a bill that resumed government operations and raised the debt ceiling.  The whole ordeal angered Americans giving Congress, and particularly the Republican Party, very low approval ratings.  The bill just signed only resolves differences until mid-January.

In the Eastern Sierra, operations in the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, Yosemite, Death Valley National Park and Manzanar Historic Site were set to re-open.  Early fall tourism in Inyo and Mono was interrupted by the shutdown which closed campgrounds, ability to get hiking permits and parks generally.  Devils Postpile National Monument submitted the following press release:

Devils Postpile National Monument Reopens to Visitors  (Press Release)

Mammoth Lakes, CA – Devils Postpile National Monument re-opens to visitors today. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back online. Devils Postpile National Monument has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

As autumn temperatures are moderate in the daytime, but well below freezing at night, all water systems are shutdown, so bring water. The vault toilet is open at the monument. Bring food, sunscreen, and other necessities as no services are open in the valley. On adjacent Inyo National Forest lands, the restroom facilities are closed at Rainbow Falls Trailhead. The vault toilets at Agnew meadows Pacific Crest and Shadow Lakes Trailhead, and Sotcher Lake will open as staff returns to work and is able to reopen. There is no overnight parking within the valley effective October 15 as the monument and valley road access may close due to weather anytime between now and the annual seasonal road closure on October 31.


3 Responses to Federal facilities re-open in Eastern Sierra

  1. Eastern Sierra Local October 19, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    What’s truly sad about this….ALL Federal Employees who were furloughed (not working) for the past 17 days are ACTUALLY GETTING PAID!!! So they were released from work, did NOTHING for those days, and as a reward- THEY GET PAID their FULL Salaries!!!!!!!
    When State employees were furloughed for 90 days over the course of 4 years and the State Supreme Court ruled the furloughs ILLEGAL- did they get paid? Nope!! People should be up in arms over Federal furloughed employees getting paid during the shut down- THEY WEREN’T AT WORK!

    • Pedro October 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Folks should be up in arms about Congress recessing at this time, and that State
      employees where illegally locked out.

      Unless you hire me on a day to day basis, you need to pay me for my time. Not my fault if my boss is an idiot. Not like any of those folks could go on vacation. If they didn’t show up when Congress finally decided to snap their fingers, they would probably be disciplined.

    • Trouble October 20, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Sierra Local- you should vote the fools out that created this bull. Oh wait, California already did. Never mind.


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