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It's essentially up to volunteers to keep things. Clean and good luck. Finding a bathroom. It's something that is playing out all across the country covering it for the Washington Post is Joel Aqaba coup spoke with komo's Taylor van Cise. What effect does this government shutdown have on the overall health and stability of our national parks. We've learned from our reporting is the barks in general are open in the sense that there's no one at the gate in most of these places you can sort of walk right in this. No one collecting a fee, it's essentially unsupervised, there is some law enforcement personnel. There are some services. But in essence, these parks have. They were not totally closed in this shutdown, which is unusual. The last time this happened about five years ago, you couldn't get in. But now the parks are still open. They just don't have Rangers. They don't have visitors centers in in most importantly, they don't have public restrooms. You know, they have these fault toilets that are not being serviced. So it the situation is is is deteriorating a little bit in some of the parks. And there are people saying, you know, we need to close them down entirely in that has been happening. Even today, Josh which closed a couple of their campgrounds at Yosemite there blocking the entrances because people were streaming in totally free the water in leaving trash everywhere in it's creating a sanitation issue as you can imagine. So there's no volving situation right now at mount rainier national park here in Washington. There's a sign that essentially says, you know, recreate at your own risk. And every winter, I know from reporting here that someone's going to get lost and people. Often get injured or died once the government reopens, would you expect a funding shortage as parks recover, and then have to clean up from all this unchecked access all this money that would need to be spended. They weren't really planning on. I don't I don't know how that's gonna play out. I mean sitting here in Washington right now, we don't know if this shutdown is going to go on for another couple of days or a couple of weeks or into February. I will tell you that. There's no indication that there's a deal being being it's percolating. I mean, you have this specifically dispute over the border wall and the funding for it. And neither side seems at all inclined to retreat on that. If anything it seems like the standoff, so they're going to get more intense as of tomorrow in the house becomes in democratic control. So we'll see what goes on a lot longer. I think you could have a situation where you have real damage to the parks, but at the same time, I, you know, people do treasure these places average person that goes to. National park doesn't wanna see a trash. They're not stealing things or not, you know, looting it. So there's been a real outpouring of volunteer effort in the winning that we learned in our reporting is that people are stepping forward saying I wanna help I want to help out this park. There are limitations to what they can do legal, limitations, liability, limitations. You can't just you know, suddenly privatized national park for the visitors centers are not going to open for a while. Joe Locke and back with us on KOMO news reports for the Washington Post where you can read this full story. And that's komo's Taylor van Cise. Komo news time five fourteen. Aaa traffic every ten minutes on the fours here. Sue looks like we have an accident in.

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