Yosemite Visitor During Shutdown Killed After Falling Into River

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During previous extended shutdowns that occurred under former Presidents Obama and Clinton, the administrations made a decision to close the parks to visitors, not wanting to jeopardize the public's safety. However, signs citing the "lapse in federal appropriations" explain the complete closure and no staffing or even shoveling of snow.

"Park rangers and search and rescue personnel respond to hundreds of emergency incidents in Utah parks each year", the letter reads.

The National Park Service has a $12 billion backlog of repairs including a massive water pipeline project at the Grand Canyon. In Texas' Big Bend National Park, a hiker reportedly broke his leg and was carried out by fellow visitors. Anyone with permits to hike in the backcountry or raft on the Colorado River could go, but the park wasn't issuing new permits, spokeswoman Emily Davis said.

"I want to extend a honest thanks to local businesses, volunteer groups, and tribal members who have done their best to assist in picking up litter and helping maintain campgrounds", park superintendent David Smith said in a statement. Jarvis said that's why during the last government shutdown he closed their gates. With restrooms shuttered, visitors had been relieving themselves off of Wawona Road, which is also California Highway 41, posing a health risk for other visitors.

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National Park Service spokesman Jeremy Barnum told the publication that seven deaths in total occurred in national parks since the shutdown, with four of those killed believed to have taken their own lives.

Few details about the man's death were released Friday by the park.

President Trump has said he could keep it going for months or years in order to get funding for a border wall, which Democrats say is a non-starter.

Regas said advocating the closing of parks completely, rather than just campgrounds, is "a very unusual stance" for her organization, which works to increase access to parks and has donated land to expand them, including Yosemite National Park.

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"It's the reason why Trump is doing what he's doing", she said.

Another nonprofit was paying a private company to clean portable toilets near two popular trailheads at Shenandoah National Park, which includes a 101-mile (163-kilometer) section of the Appalachian Trail.

As a result, the president will have to decide whether to renominate Vela in the new Congress or to submit a new nominee.

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