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The Office of Government Ethics just released guidelines for federal employees during government shutdowns, about three weeks after the government reopened.

 


Congressman Chris Stewart
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U.S. Congressman Chris Stewart is calling President Trump’s plan to declare a national emergency for more border funding a “mistake” that could come back to haunt Republicans in the future.

Photo of closed road at Arches National Park.
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U.S. House Democrats are holding a hearing Wednesday to look at how the Interior Department paid to keep national parks open during the partial government shutdown.

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President Trump is speaking today at the White House regarding the government shutdown. Watch his remarks from the Rose Garden live:

Senator Romney at a town hall.
Nicole Nixon

Sen. Mitt Romney faced tough questions on the government shutdown, border security and his vote to lift sanctions on a Russian oligarch on Tuesday night in his first official town hall in Utah since taking office earlier this month.

McAdams at town hall.
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Newly elected Congressman Ben McAdams, D-Utah, held his first town hall on Saturday afternoon in West Valley City in a forum dominated by concerns over the government shutdown and President Trump’s demand for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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As the partial government shutdown stretches into its fourth week, Utah nonprofits are feeling the pressure, according to a survey by the Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA) which found that 10 percent of its members have seen in increase in the demand for services from furloughed workers.

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As the partial government shutdown drags toward its fifth week, immigration courts are another aspect of government caught in the middle of the standstill in Congress.

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As the record-breaking government shutdown continues into its fourth week, state budget managers are preparing for portions of the federal government to remain closed for weeks or even months more. That could leave the state to pick up the tab for programs like nutritional assistance and unemployment claims from furloughed federal workers.

Winter is when the federal government starts spending dollars to prepare for the wildfire season, but the ongoing shutdown has put some of this preparation in limbo.

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As the partial government shutdown stretches toward a third week, both the public and public employees alike are feeling the pain. But there’s another casualty: public information.

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For 30 years, Steve Bryant has worked as a cartography contractor — a map maker — for the National Forest Service.

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A backed-up line of grocery carts pushed by furloughed federal employees wound between aisles at the Catholic Community Services food pantry in Ogden, forcing Cheryl Meyers some tough choices.

Screenshot of President Trump's Address.
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Reactions to President Trump’s Oval Office speech on Tuesday night fell predictably along party lines, though more Utah Republicans are openly embracing the president’s hardline stance of keeping the government shuttered as the impasse over wall funding persists.

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If the impasse over President Trump’s proposed border wall makes it to Saturday morning, this will be the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. And it has an unlikely victim — craft beer.

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President Trump is addressing the nation about border security tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 8). Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer will give a joint response immediately following. The government is partially shut down, with Trump in a stalemate with Democrats over funding for a wall along the southern border. Watch his remarks live.

Photo of closed road at Arches National Park.
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The U.S. Interior Department announced Sunday it will take the extraordinary step of using entrance fees for daily operations during the partial government shutdown.

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Unlike previous administrations, President Trump’s Interior Department has directed national parks to keep their gates open while furloughing most workers during this latest government shutdown. But as the partial shutdown enters its third week, critics argue the parks are becoming unsafe.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

As the partial government shutdown enters its third week, roughly 800,000 federal workers are still without pay. Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, said members of Congress should forfeit pay during government shutdowns, too.

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As the partial government shutdown appeared likely to enter its third week, Utah’s tourism office assembled plans to fund another week of skeleton services at the state’s two busiest national parks.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Ben McAdams became the only Democrat in Utah’s congressional delegation on Thursday, when he was sworn into office as Representative of the 4th Congressional District.

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Amid a government shutdown and criticism from fellow Republicans for his op-ed expressing disappointment in President Trump, Mitt Romney took the oath of office and became Utah’s newest Senator on Thursday.

In a short interview with KUER before being sworn in, Romney discussed his priorities as Utah’s freshman senator, his thoughts about the partial shutdown and reaction from President Trump to his opinion piece.

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Visitors have not stopped entering national parks despite the partial government shutdown that started Dec. 22 and Zion National Park in southern Utah is no exception.

Joel Palmer, FEMA employee
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Utah is keeping its national parks open during the government shutdown, but hundreds of other federal workers employed in the state are facing a more uncertain future.

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Utah tourism officials were braced  for a partial government shutdown that threatened to close the gates at the five national parks in the state – Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Zion. KUER’s Judy Fahys spoke with Vicki Varela, director of tourism for Utah, about preparations in case of a shutdown, which ultimately did begin over the weekend.

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On this first Monday after the government shutdown was announced, Utah’s national parks and monuments remain open, but visitors will get slightly more of a wilderness experience than normal. 

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Utah legislators want the federal government to reimburse the state for the money it spent keeping open its national parks during the government shutdown of 2013.

University of Utah

The latest federal government shutdown is estimated to have cost the US economy 24 billion dollars. It’s left many people wondering what can be done for the government to function more effectively. The University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law is working on coming up with some answers. The law school is hosting a symposium Friday examining the current challenges facing US governance and some practical solutions to those problems.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he expects the federal government will reimburse the state for the money spent to keep its five National Parks open in the final days of the shutdown.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says because the county came forward last week with emergency funding, many area low-income moms and babies will continue to have access to food and baby formula. The supply arrived at the Utah Food Bank today.

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