MEDFORD, Ore. — In the first hours of the federal shutdown, we are getting a glimpse of its impact. Non-essential jobs have been furloughed. Monuments, museums, and politician’s offices are closed.
On the long list of federal agencies closing their doors due to the government shutdown: the local Bureau of Land Management offices. BLM officials say they are closing because of the shutdown. Non-essential workers will be out of their offices by noon. Essential law enforcement will continue their jobs.
Also closed this morning: Crater Lake. Crater Lake’s website says all national parks are closed because of the federal shutdown, before re-directing website visitors to the Department of Interior’s website.
The Oregon Military Department says approximately 1,000 federally-funded employees, including 790 federal technicians and 220 federally-reimbursed state employees, are scheduled to be furloughed beginning October 1 until funding is approved by Congress.
The shutdown of some federal facilities, including parks and monuments, could have an impact On World War II veterans planning the trip of a lifetime. The local Honor Flight chairman says she has been warned monuments in the Washington, D.C. area are being closed and water features are being turned off during the shutdown.
Honor Flight already has plans for at least two Oregon groups to visit those sites this month. Some 100 Oregon veterans and others are part of the planned trips. She says about 900 veterans nationwide have trips planned during October.
At Washington’s World War II memorial, a group of veterans, many in wheelchairs, broke through the fences. There was a tour set for a group of World War II veterans Tuesday at the World War II Memorial.
Most of the veterans who arrived came courtesy of nonprofit programs that transported the aging men and women to Washington. Despite barricades put up to stop them, the veterans walked into the memorial.
A spokeswoman from the park service said they are no longer trying to hold anyone back from the memorial. Security officers are also onsite.
CNN contributed to this report.