Government Shut Down to Affect Las Vegas Services

  • Source: KLAS-TV Channel 8 Las Vegas
  • Published: 10/01/2013 06:57 AM

For the first time in 17 years, the federal government is in a partial shutdown. Congress failed to avert the shutdown late Monday night, forcing the temporary closure of several government services, including those in Nevada. Government workers at national parks and museums are being told to stay home from work. That directly affects the local economy and hundreds of jobs in Las Vegas. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreational Area are closed. More than 1,000 employees at both parks will go to work this morning, but must leave by this afternoon. Nine hundred members of the Bureau of Land Management at Red Rock Canyon will be furloughed, leaving approximately three dozen emergency crews, including firefighters. At Lake Mead, 170 employees will begin furloughs. Closing these national parks causes a huge hit to the valley's bottom line. Thousands of people visit these visitor centers, campgrounds and coves daily. The shutdown is expected to cost Lake Mead approximately $500,000 per day.


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