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KAFB, labs to go to work Monday

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Federal agencies with locations in New Mexico have begun issuing guidance and planning for closures as the government shutdown entered its first day.

Kirtland Air Force Base has instructed all government civilians and contractors to report for work Monday morning to receive further instructions.

Health care services, child-care facilities and the exchange at the base will remain open and unaffected, according to the Kirtland website.

The Youth Center will continue operating normally but youth sports, recreation and teen programs will be postponed until the shutdown ends.

The commissary will close at the end of the day Wednesday and also will not reopen until after the shutdown.

Efforts to clean up the large fuel leak that has contaminated portions of the aquifer Albuquerque uses for drinking water will not be affected.

“The bulk fuels remediation will continue through the shutdown, including operation of the pump and treat facility,” base spokesman Jim Fisher said.

Sandia National Laboratories posted a notice on its website, instructing employees to come to work Monday and that the lab’s public website and social media may not be updated during the shutdown.

National Park Service sites have also begun closing, at least partially.

Bandelier National Monument was mostly closed as of Saturday, including Frijoles Canyon, Juniper Family Campground and Ponderosa Group Campground.

Trails outside of Frijoles Canyon and the entrance road, including Burnt Mesa, Cerro Grande, the Upper Frijoles Canyon Overlook Trail and the Sawyer Mesa Trail remain open to visitors.

“Those wishing to visit the park should monitor news outlets for current information on the federal government re-opening,” a news release from the monument states. “Until that occurs, all means of contact with the park, including phone, website, Facebook, and Twitter, will be out of service.”

At southeast New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the 7-mile drive up to the parking lot is open, but the cave isn’t.

The Associated Press is reporting that park roads and trails are open but the cavern and visitor center are closed.


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