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 - The government shutdown has closed the 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron.
That means the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail, visitor centers and restrooms and several other trails will be closed during the shutdown. A CVNP news release said that a decision will be made each day at 3 p.m. if the next day's trains will be cancelled. Tickets for the Polar Express are still being sold
Chief Ranger Chris Ryan said park visitor staying at the Stanford Backcountry Camping Area have to be out by 6 p.m. Thursday.
The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park will continue to have programs at the Environmental Education Center through a cooperative agreement.
Trail Mix Boston and Tail Mix Peninsula will remain open because they are on private property. Staff are directing people to recreation areas that are not affected by the shutdown such as the MetroParks Serving Summit County and the Cleveland Metroparks.
The Countryside Initiative Farms are unaffected by the closures. The Farmers' Market at Howe Meadow will move to its winter location at Old Trail School Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon if the shutdown is still in effect.
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park hosts an average of 1,650 visitors on the Towpath Trail each day in October and more than 715,000 visitors a day frequent the National Park System.
About 109 employees in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are on furlough because of the shutdown.
Ryan asks the public to respect the closures so law enforcement rangers can focus on their efforts on response to emergencies involving safety.
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.