Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper.com
Mueller Park visitors still couldn’t “officially” visit the popular east Bountiful picnic area, shown above, as the Clipper went to press. However, people were using trails that entered the park before the closed gate. The park area is officially part of the Wasatch-Uinta National Forest. As such, it is closed as part of the partial government shutdown. The shutdown is partial, though broad and heavy in its impact. For example, thousands of workers at Hill AFB went back to work last week while others couldn’t. Thousands of workers are officially furloughed, but must work without pay. Other thousands are furloughed without pay and told to stay home, depending on how essential their jobs are. Utah national parks were among those reopened over the weekend, thanks to an agreement where Gov. Gary Herbert is using state surplus funds to pay for them to reopen.