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Partial Government Shutdown Impacts Parks and Local Business

On day 24 of the partial government shutdown, parks near Crater Lake are starting to feel the impact.

Posted: Jan 14, 2019 6:49 PM

NEAR CRATER LAKE-- On day 24 of the partial government shutdown, parks near Crater Lake are starting to feel the impact.

The National Forest Service is not working during the shutdown. This means very little maintenance is being done at the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Parks and campgrounds near Crater Lake National Park have not had the trash taken out since the shutdown began. Visitors have left behind trash bags, cigarettes, beer cans, broken sleds, and more.

The public restrooms in the area that remain open are having the same issues.

That is where the impacts for local restaurants and lodges begin.

The lack of clean public restrooms has the few visitors stopping at local businesses for rest-stops.

That is nearly the only customers those businesses are seeing. A slow-down for the park means a slow down for the local stores.

One of those is Beckie’s Restaurant. The cafe is famous for the many pies it serves, along with the many huckleberry products it carries.

Manager Julius Cathcart is already feeling the shutdown.

"Well my observation is definitely with the shutdown messing with the parks not being cleaned up properly, you know. All the restaurants are not getting cleaned up properly, and actually our business is becoming a rest-stop." said Cathcart.

The area also experienced a brutal wildfire season, which also slowed business down. Right as business was picking back up, the shutdown hit.

"As soon as the fires were over, we picked right back up. We were busy all the way until this happened, you know. Then on nice days like today, like I said before, we usually have a lot more traffic. We just don't have it." said Cathcart.

He says he has to cut hours down on his staff until things pick back up. He calls the process "half laid-off." It is something that he has to do every year at some point. It just doesn't happen this soon.

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