ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A government shutdown could have far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others. Here is a list of what will be affected in New Mexico.
- Kirtland Air Force Base: 1,000 civilian employees on emergency furlough. Base website not being updated.
- Cannon and Holloman AFBs, White Sands Missile Range: 3,600 nonessential personnel furloughed.
- New Mexico National Guard: 500 personnel furloughed
- Veterans Affairs hospitals remain open although some services will be disrupted.
National Forests, Parks, Lands, Monuments
- Closed, employees sent home. Includes U.S. Forest Service ranger district offices.
- Bureau of Land Management: 754 of 817 New Mexico employees furloughed. Emergency functions maintained. Shutdown halts permits for oil and gas, sand and gravel, timber sales and other ongoing operations. BLM closures include Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, all designated campgrounds including those in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area, and El Malpais National Conservation Area, and all BLM recreation areas and visitor centers.
- Park Service closures include Carlsbad Caverns National Park and White Sands and Bandelier national monuments.
- National Museum of Nuclear Science and History: Open. Not affected by shutdown of the Smithsonian Institution, with which it is affiliated.
- NASA TV channel and website streaming dark.
- Los Alamos National Laboratory: "Laboratory employees should report for work as normal."
- Sandia National Laboratories: "In the event of a shutdown, Sandia will continue to operate in the short term by using unspent, prior-year carryover. Therefore, all members of the workforce should report to work as normal – and in the days that follow – unless notified otherwise."
- Essential military, public safety, immigration and homeland security functions including air traffic controllers. Consular offices remain open, but processing of passport applications may slow.
- Public services funded independently including the U.S. Postal Service. Social Security, Medicare and Amtrak.
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