Consequences of government shutdown reach Washington

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 5:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- Various institutes received furlough notices Tuesday morning in response to the government shutdown that went into effect Tuesday morning at midnight. It was the first federal government shutdown in 17 years.

Civilian employees at Fairchild Air Force Base were instructed to show up Tuesday morning to receive their furlough notice.

The base said the employees could be paid retro-actively, but that is only if congress decides to allow that.

Military personnel continued work at normal pay.

Spokane County Sheriff's Office not affected by furloughs

The National Park Service closed all 401 national parks, including Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. All visitor facilities, including Fort Spokane Visitor Center, Kettle Falls Information Center, campgrounds, and roads -- with the exception of Highway 25 -- are closed until the government shutdown ends.

“Park visitors in all overnight campgrounds will be given until 6:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, October 3 to make other arrangements and leave the park," said Dan Foster, the park superintendent.

Some members of Washington delegation to forego pay

The park said it will lose about $512 of boat launch and campground fees each day the government is shut down. The park added that Gateway communities across the country see about $76 million per day in total sales from visitor spending that will be lost during the government shutdown.

Park officials said 44 employees are on furlough because of the shutdown along with another 20 concessions employees. 14 remain on duty to provide security and emergency services.

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