federal government shutdown

The National Park Service is asking  visitors for patience while crews clean up nearly a month's worth of debris from winter weather and lack of maintenance.   BPR’S Helen Chickering checked in with two people who have deep connections to the national parks here in Western North Carolina.  

Another move being caused by the partial shutdown of the federal government is the early delivery of SNAP benefits – formerly known as food stamps.  Recipients of SNAP will be getting their February monthly benefits earlier than normal because of the shutdown.  That has Western North Carolina’s major food bank worried.

Lilly Knoepp

  One impact of the partial federal government shutdown has been the lack of federal grant dollars going to nonprofits around the country. Here’s a look at one in our region - a domestic violence shelter in Franklin.


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The partial shutdown of the federal government includes the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.  Among the agency’s many jobs is approving labels for beer that is bottled and canned.  Delays in that process will force brewers to hold back on new releases.

Making and drinking beer is big business in Asheville and Western North Carolina.  Disruptions to new releases will be felt – not just at breweries, but also in their very unique supply chain.  

Lilly Knoepp

  As the federal government remains partially shutdown for a third week, volunteers and nonprofits are stepping up to keep parks clean.


You’ve probably seen a Friends of the Smokies license plate on the back of a car. Funds from those plates help make up the $1.5 million the organization gives to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park each year.  But sometimes the need goes beyond those regular funds.


Lilly Knoepp

 The partial shutdown of the federal government is in to its third week. BPR headed out past the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on the edge of Macon Country to see what effects, if any, the shutdown is having on the area.


Standing Indian Campground is in the Nantahala National Forest. The campground is always closed this time of year but people are still able to access the trails within the forest.  So the area still has plenty of visitors. Right now downed limbs and trees litter the roads and trails at Standing Indian.