Government Shutdown

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The Office of Government Ethics just released guidelines for federal employees during government shutdowns, about three weeks after the government reopened.


During the partial shutdown, the National Park Service said it was using visitor entrance fees for basic operational costs. That's now changed following a congressional hearing last week by Democratic lawmakers criticizing the use of visitor fees for daily operations. Traditionally, these fees are used for more long-term or major maintenance projects.

The National Park Service may have lost millions of dollars in revenue during the recent government shutdown, and recovering from this setback may take a while.


 Senator Mike Crapo joins Idaho Matters live to answer listener questions about the government shutdown, border security, foreign policy and anything else.

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A public meeting on the CuMo Mine, a potential mining project near the Boise River headwaters, was supposed to happen in January. But because of the federal government shutdown, the Forest Service cancelled it.


During the partial government shutdown, national parks remained open but did not collect entrance fees—an important source of revenue, especially for local maintenance. It's unclear how this will affect the National Park Service's budget.

The government shutdown proved to be devastating for hundreds of thousands of federal employees and it cost the American economy billions of dollars. Congress and the president agreed to re-open for another three weeks while all sides continue to work out federal budgeting and agreeable attention to border security. Idaho Matters asks listener questions of Senator Jim Risch about the shutdown, border security, foreign relations and the investigations into Russian interference with the 2016 election.

On The Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jan 28, 2019

  • Senator Jim Risch weighs in on government shutdown and border security.
  • A state program that allows high school students to tailor personalized courses of study.
  • College of Idaho's Jasper LiCalzi discusses his new book on Idaho politics.
  • Mac Eld documents 269 historical Idaho highway markers.

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The partial government shutdown stretched to five weeks. This Friday is the second payday some federal employees did not receive a check. While a deal has tentatively been reached to reopen the government, it will still be days before those workers are compensated.


The federal government is entering its 33rd day of a partial shutdown and more than 800,000 federal employees either have been furloughed or are working without pay. Idaho Matters speaks with two TSA employees who are going on three weeks without pay to learn how this stalemate is affecting Idahoans.

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The partial government shutdown is now in week five. Impacts continue to be felt in numerous sectors, including Idaho’s dairy industry.

The Bureau of Land Management is confirming that federal employees are back at work and getting paid to process drilling permits. Conservation groups are pushing back.

Idaho Nonprofits Come Together To Help Federal Employees

Jan 18, 2019 - Facebook

As the government shutdown continues, local nonprofits are coming together to provide a free meal to furloughed federal workers.

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As the government shutdown approaches the one-month mark, federal authorities are recalling some workers on furlough to their posts in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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The ongoing federal government shutdown means folks who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, will have to plan ahead through February.


United Nations Foundation

Peter Yeo, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. State Department and Capitol Hill and current senior vice president of the United Nations Foundations, is in Idaho this week. Yeo, who also serves as president of the Better World Campaign, is the guest of the Frank Church Institute at Boise State and will also address the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations.

Our region has a disproportionate number of federal workers and last Friday many of them went without a paycheck for the first time under the shutdown. Thousands have turned to GoFundMe pages while others are selling their belongings on Craigslist.

On The Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jan 14, 2019

  • Federal government shutdown hits employees in Idaho.
  • New Year's resolutions means new health habits.
  • Idaho filmmaker and Leonardo DiCaprio team up to preserve the "panda of the sea."
  • Kayaker/filmmaker brings attention to South American dams with documentary.

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The current government shutdown is now the longest one in U.S. history. As a broad spectrum of federal employees continue to be furloughed, personnel at airports are on the job without pay.

Waiting on a federal firearms license to open your gun shop? Got an application pending to transfer a machine gun? You’re out of luck until the government shutdown ends, after which you’ll be at the mercy of a lengthy backlog.

As the partial government shutdown stretches toward a third week, both the public and public employees alike are feeling the pain. But there’s another casualty: public information.

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Winter is when the federal government starts spending dollars to prepare for the wildfire season, but the ongoing shutdown has put some of this preparation in limbo.

If the impasse over President Trump’s proposed border wall makes it to Saturday morning, this will be the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. And it has an unlikely victim — craft beer.

NIFC Fire Center Smoke Jumpers
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Among the government entities impacted by the partial federal shutdown is the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

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We’ve heard the stories of dangerous conditions at national parks since the shutdown began three weeks ago. Although there’s only a tiny sliver of Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, other parts of the state’s federal public land system are experiencing the effects of gridlock in D.C.