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County Reaches Out To Park & Forest

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While the Town of Jackson is taking the President and Congress to task on the closure of the national parks and associated visitor facilities, Teton County is reaching out in attempts to support the federal employees who have been impacted by the shutdown.  County Commission Chairman Paul Vogelheim says those efforts began the day the impending closure was announced. Vogelheim says Commissioner Hank Phibbs went up and walked through the Park Headquarters building that morning and thanked the employees for their service.  Vogelheim says the county has also has been proactive in terms of its communications efforts between the park, the county sheriff, and fire/EMS.  He says those departments and county administrator also have been working to explore (in his words) “how we might be able to help them through this tough time, and we have back-up plans for emergencies.” So far, Vogelheim says the county’s offers have not been called upon.  Vogelheim says while the county commission is extremely frustrated like everyone else by the closures, it is mindful that the federal employees there are our friends and neighbors who are (in his words) “victims of this poor governance that is being demonstrated in Washington D.C.”

 

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