Figures were earlier scheduled for release on Friday
Information officer Julie Speegle is one of about 111 NOAA Fisheries Alaska Regional Office employees back at their desks in Juneau’s federal building. About 125 at the Auke Bay lab are also working, now that Congress has reached a deal to end the partial government shutdown.
Republicans and Democrats are battling over who’s to blame for one of the most high-profiles casualties of the government shutdown: the national parks.
Thousands are expected to participate in Great Alaskan ShakeOut
Young believes a solution will come from the Senate, and says he’ll support it if it comes up for a vote in the House.
Sullivan joins a crowded field of Republicans trying to unseat Democrat Mark Begich next November.
An estimated 7 million people have been shut out at 12 of the busiest and biggest U.S. national parks, costing parks and nearby communities about $76 million in lost visitor spending for each day the partial government shutdown drags on.
The U.S. Forest Service employs about 400 people in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and most of them are on furlough, awaiting a call from the federal government that they’ll soon be back to work.
While it’s not taking a major toll on municipal operations just yet, officials worry there could be bigger impacts if the shutdown continues for an extended period of time.
The main groups working to help Alaskans sign up for marketplace insurance plans haven’t successfully enrolled anyone. One week after after the launch of the federally run health insurance marketplace, it’s still not operational.