Fossil Beds shut down

Thieves took six of the eight wheels off two circa 1870 wagons at the Adeline Hornbek Homestead at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in June 2010. With the six wheels gone and the other two broken beyond repair, the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds have begun fundraising efforts to replace the wheels with reproductions. Courtesy photo from the National Park Service
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Due to the partial shutdown of the U.S. Government, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument closed the doors Oct. 1. “We have four hours to be out of here,” said ranger Jeff Wolin.

However, some employees are exempt from the order to close the national parks. “We have law enforcement here to patrol the park as well as facilities' employees to keep the utilities on,” Wolin said.

With the possibility of a deal being reach by Congress in the next few days, Wolin urged the public to keep track of the news. “When a deal is reached, call ahead to make sure we are open,” he said.

The national parks are only one of services being cut to the American public due to the inability of the U.S. Congress to agree on a budget deal.