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Sequester Cuts Affecting Lassen Volcanic National Park

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: Mar 22 2013 08:22:19 PM CDT
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Calif. -

Budget cuts from the federal sequestration are being felt in the Northstate, specifically at Lassen Volcanic National Park and its neighboring businesses.

Among several cut-backs the park has been forced to make is a hiring freeze. Because of this, they won't have enough people to plow the road and clear the snow along the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway. That road is connected to Highway 89 but it becomes a federal road once it hits the park.

An official at the park told us Friday, while they can't give an actual open date, if the warm weather continues, the road might actually clear itself before Memorial Day weekend.

If that doesn't happen, she said clearing it is a top priority for them. It just might take a little longer because of reduced staffing.

Jim Cimaglia, a co-owner at Rim Rock Ranch Resort in Old Station, said Memorial Day weekend marks the start of their season. He's hoping they're able to get the road cleared by then.

"The impact is that certain people won't be coming to stay or coming through to visit the area once they find out that the park isn't going to be open," Cimaglia said.

Cimaglia's resort has cabins and a grocery store. If the road on their side of the mountain isn't open, he said people will most likely stay near the park's other entrances. He told us that would result in a loss of business and money.  

Both the park and neighboring business owners hope they can get the road cleared before the holiday weekend because it will hurt both of them if it isn't.  

We'll be sure to let you know when it is set to open as soon as we know.