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Sequester impacting Rocky Mountain National Park

10:24 PM, Mar 6, 2013   |    comments
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK - Visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park will notice significant changes to the park starting in April.

Due to sequestration, the park has to slash 5 percent from its budget, which equates to $623,000 in cuts.

"We have not had to deal with sequestration for years," park spokesperson Kyle Patterson said. "Right now we're sharpening the pencil as much as we can at this late date".

Patterson says visitors will notice fewer employees, especially fewer seasonal workers.

The Park says it will also keep glacier basin campground closed as well as one of its visitor's center. Other visitor's centers will have their hours and employees cut back.

The Park might also have to delay the opening of Trail Ridge road this May. The Park can't spend over time funds on non-emergency situations anymore.

"Where we might have been able to open that road in a day, it's probably going t take us longer than that," Patterson said.

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