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Shutdown effects beginning to be felt in Montana

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 01 2013 01:03:43 PM MDT
Yellowstone National Park

Bob Kovach/CNN

HELENA, Mont. -

Glacier and Yellowstone national parks' gates are closed. Montana's national forests are open, but it may be hard to find a U.S. Forest Service ranger. Civilians with the Montana National Guard and at Malmstrom Air Force Base face furloughs.
    
The effects of the U.S. government shutdown Tuesday are beginning to be felt in Montana.
    
Essential personnel, such as law-enforcement officers, are still on the job. Federal courts are holding hearings. The Indian Health Service is still providing health care on Indian reservations.
    
But other services have been temporarily closed, from the Farm Service Agency's 49 Montana offices to the U.S. Census Bureau's population data on its website.
    
The state has 12,400 federal employees. It is unclear how many were told to stay home because of the shutdown.