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Federal government shutdown hits North Coast

At the federal building in Santa Rosa, which houses about 150 government workers, employees in casual attire cleaned out refrigerators and packed potted plants to take home. About a third of those workers, who are with NOAA, one of the agencies designated to shut down, received emails Monday saying they are legally barred from working and will not get paid during the furlough.

The Santa Rosa office is a hub for NOAA's fisheries restoration efforts, Endangered Species Act enforcement and oil spill clean-up programs.

"We committed our lives to service so that future generations can enjoy our fisheries and our resources," Manning said. "It's not like we have executive pay positions. We live paycheck to paycheck."

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Many of the North Coast's 2,030 federal workers were ordered to stay home. The Social Security field office in Santa Rosa was open but with limited services.

IRS offices in Santa Rosa were locked and dark with a sign on the door that read: "In the event of a government shutdown, this office will be closed. We apologize for the inconvenience."

U.S. Bankruptcy Court judges were scheduled to hear cases for the next two weeks before shuttering if Congress continues its stalemate over the budget bill. The U.S. Probation office in Santa Rosa was open.

The U.S. Marshals Service, which protects judges, and other public safety agencies like the FBI office in Santa Rosa and the Coast Guard station at Two Rock were open. Federal airport screeners and air traffic controllers kept flights moving through the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.

The Point Reyes National Seashore closed on Tuesday and gave campers two days to leave the park.

The Veterans Affairs clinic in Santa Rosa was open, and the U.S. Postal Service continued to deliver the mail.

Flood control operations at Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino will continue, Army Corps of Engineers spokesman J.D. Hardesty said Tuesday, but the campgrounds will be closing within the next week. The salmon fish hatchery at Lake Sonoma will remain open, he said, using money left over from the fiscal year that just expired.


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