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Yellowstone’s federal workers to resume some basic services

FILE - In this May 21, 2011,  photo, tourists photograph Old Faithful erupting on schedule late in the afternoon in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. (Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)
FILE - In this May 21, 2011, photo, tourists photograph Old Faithful erupting on schedule late in the afternoon in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. (Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)
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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park officials say federal employees will start providing some basic services again, despite the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Park officials said in a statement Friday that by Sunday, staff will resume collecting trash, cleaning bathrooms and manning park entrances to provide safety information.

They also will remove snow at overlooks along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The services will be paid for with recreation fee revenue, which is money from entrance, camping, parking and other fees previously collected from park visitors.

Many of the services, such as trash collection, had been done by tour guides that operate in the park and community groups.

Staff won’t collect fees during the shutdown and visitor centers will remain closed.

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