Bishop on Government Shutdown; Local Operations Affected

The government shutdown continues and Representative Rob Bishop has plenty to say about it. "This shutdown impasse is entirely due to the misuse of the Senate filibuster,” says Bishop. “It’s not complicated, America should have secure borders. This is something Democrats have supported for years, until recently. Now they insist on playing political games over 1/10th of 1% of government spending,” he continues. “Let’s end this impasse, secure our border, and reopen the government." Regardless of what side of the debate you’re on, there’s no denying that the shutdown has far reaching effects. During Monday’s Commission meeting, Uintah County Public Lands Specialist Cheryl Meier explained that her work with the BLM, Forest Service, and other government agencies is on hold while they are shut down. When asked, she elaborated that there will be delays on projects involving these agencies. She also stated that the waiting list is growing for right-of-way requests. A list of agencies under the Department of the Interior currently on shut down can be found at


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.