Senator Mike Enzi Thursday told Jackson Hole Radio that while the shutdown of the federal government and the resulting closure of the national parks was hard on the entire country, he is aware that it was particularly hard of residents here. He says the whole state was affected by the government shutdown, but he is sure a lot of people in Teton County felt like they were at the epicenter. Enzi says, “I know it’s hard on everyone, from the shop-owners to those earning a paycheck from the federal government, to servers and local restaurants, to park visitors. I believe the shutdown could have, and would have been avoided.” Enzi emphasizes that Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are important to the country, but vital to Teton County and Wyoming. He points out that he had sought to specifically allocate money for the operation of parks across the country, but majority blocked the attempt. Enzi adds, however, that if the Congress does not get the country’s spending in check, things like funding parks and forests or other federal programs just aren’t going to work. For that reason, Enzi says he voted against the bill the ultimately reopened the government, because it included no plan to solve the problem and only adds to the deficit and debt.