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Yellowstone Facing Challenges To Maintaining Essential Services

October 4, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming No Comments
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As the closure of Wyoming’s National Parks entered its third day, those visitors staying in the park completed their two days grace period to make alternate arrangements and were escorted from the parks.  Meanwhile, skeleton crews continued to manage park affairs in Grand Teton and Yellowstone, although Yellowstone’s essential services faced some complications by the end of the week. He says the northern and central parts of the park have been experiencing heavy snows, and since the park continues to provide access through the north entrance and northeast entrance for residents of Cooke City and Silvergate to access their communities, since they have limited road access.  Nash says, “We’ve had challenges with heavy snow and some down trees on that road section.” Nash who adds US 191 along the Parks western edge remains open as well.  He says another road that is being maintained for local access is from the north entrance to Mammoth since the only medical clinic for Gardiner residents is located in Mammoth along with the post office and credit union utilized by park employees living outside the park.   Not unlike those visitors barred from entry to Grand Teton National Park, Nash says would-be Yellowstone visitors also didn’t always take the park’s closure well.  Nash says that was especially the case the first day when people showed up at the entrances, not realizing there had been a government shut-down and that their national parks had closed as well. Tomn          Altogether, Nash says 160 of the 690 Yellowstone National Park employees have been retained as essential services, but he adds that if the shut-down continues, more employees could be furloughed.

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