Yellowstone to Open Later Due to Budget Cuts
by K2 News Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org
The first tangible impacts of the federal budget cuts that went into effect last week are already being felt in Yellowstone National Park.
Park Service officials would normally have begun plowing the roads into the park on Monday, but that work to get the park open for the summer season has been pushed back for two weeks.
Every spring, crews need to clear snow off of nearly 200 miles of main roads, as well as secondary roads and parking lots throughout the park. That snow plowing costs about $30,000 a day. The Park Service says allowing the snow to melt naturally for another two weeks should reduce the amount of days needed to get the job done.
Yellowstone is losing nearly $4 million from its budget in the federal sequestration process.