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Lake Mead Employees to Return to Work

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LAKE MEAD, Nev. - The partial government shutdown is over, and the White House says furloughed government workers can return to work.

At the Lake Mead Recreational Area, 170 people will return to work. Lake Mead businesses may also start to see customers returning.

Lake Mead is the nation's largest recreation area. Nearly 6.3 million people visited the lake last year. Lake Mead typically sees approximately 14,500 people per day in October. During the 16-day shutdown, the area lost more than $9 million in visitor spending.

The National Parks Conservation Association says the end of the shutdown is good news for furloughed workers, but the organization says the budget agreement is a short-term solution that does nothing to address long-term needs of parks.

NPCA President Theresa Pierno is urging Nevadans to demand Congress devise a long-term solution to keep national parks adequately funded.

A 2012 poll by the NPCA shows a majority of Americans wants and expects the federal government to keep national parks open, protected, and funded.

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