Sequestration forces Bandelier to furlough staff

Posted at: 03/21/2013 11:34 AM
By: The Associated Press

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Bandelier National Monument has begun to furlough some park employees thanks to the congressional sequester.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Superintendent Jason Lott said Wednesday among those forced to take furloughs are park law-enforcement agents, custodians and customer-service representatives.

He said the park is at its lowest staffing levels in its history.

Lott says the visitor center will keep the winter hours of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and programs like the Wednesday night trail walks have been cut.

Around 5 percent of Bandelier's operating budget was cut by the sequester.

Los Alamos National Laboratory, the largest employer in Northern New Mexico, has said it will be able to avoid furloughs.

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