There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites stay open during a budget fight, instead of becoming political pawns.
CLEVELAND - Trains are rolling again through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, following the end of the government shutdown which closed to public use the park's 33,000 acres of land.
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad operates its excursion trains on rails owned by the park service who prohibited the trains from operating during the shutdown for ten days, resulting in a huge financial loss for the railroad.
With fall in full swing throughout the valley, the CVSR is again offering its full schedule to the delight of riders eager to enjoy seeing the changing colors of the trees, meadows and marshland, not to mention glimpses of the wildlife who call the Cuyahoga Valley home.
At the first opportunity after the shutdown, a small group of seasoned riders showed up to ride their rails once again.
Kelly Steele-Moore, CVSR Director of Marking and Sales, told us that several special events were canceled during the halt in service, in addition to shutting down regularly scheduled service.
She received the word that they could resume service Wednesday night at 10 p.m., then quickly put her crews back together. They were ready to roll with passengers again by 9:30 Thursday morning.
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is a not-for-profit organization.
Advance ticket sales for the highly popular Polar Express have been very slow during the shutdown but she expects that sales will quickly return to normal as the word that everything is back on track gets out to the public.
For more information and to reserve your tickets for upcoming events visit http://www.cvsr.com/
While there is a collective sigh of relief in Peninsula now that the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Scenic Railroad are open again, the financial damage has been done.
Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially-shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's promised signature.
The Senate has voted to avoid a financial default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown.
The reopening of national parks will be good news to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which will continue the popular "Ales on Rails" for Cleveland Beer Week, but the shutdown may keep brews made specifically for beer week out of Ohio.
Even if the government shutdown ends soon, there are many people in northeast Ohio who have gone without paychecks. With that in mind, some financial institutions are lending a hand to help.
Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.
WEWS-TV Political Analyst Dr. Tom Sutton looks at the political battle over the government shutdown.
Time growing desperately short, Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big attempt by House Republicans abruptly collapsed.
It seems like every day we're hearing about a new way the government shutdown is impacting us in northwest Ohio. As it drags out, you can expect more effects on your life in both small and big ways.