Questions Rise As Shutdown Looms

Area Disruptions Could Be Felt If Congress Fails

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Posted: September 28, 2013

Steve Elliott, visitor use assistant at Shenandoah National Park, helps Dan and Terry Galvin of Fredericksburg, who were entering the park at the Swift Run Gap station east of Elkton on Friday. As Congress continues to work on a spending deal, contingency plans in the case of a shutdown are under development for virtually every arm of the federal government. Plans from 2011 indicated that the temporary closure of SNP is a possibility. (Photos by Michael Reilly)
Brenda Butler, visitor use assistant at Shenandoah National Park, changes the availability status for Skyland Lodge on a sign displaying available rooms and campground spaces on Friday. In a government shutdown in 1995, the National Park Service turned away more than 9 million visitors to about 350 attractions, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Steve Elliott, visitor use assistant with Shenandoah National Park, hands out a map and information on the park to John Hesling, of Virginia Beach, on Friday.

HARRISONBURG — A federal government shutdown won’t cripple life in the Valley, but some sense of normalcy will obviously be disrupted.

 

As of Friday, though, how exactly that...



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