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Bozeman Company Impacted By Federal Government Shutdown

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Day three of the shutdown and many non-government employees are feeling the impact.

Karst Stage transports people back and forth to West Yellowstone, but with the park being shut down, they have had to cancel routes.

"We've had a couple charters that have canceled and said going a different direction," said Dan Martin, Karst Stage owner.

The transportation company runs two round trips to West Yellowstone, daily. Martin said the shutdown has a major hit their charter lines.

"We run two trips a day that travel to West Yellowstone on a shuttle operation then we have a ton of other business that ends up in Yellowstone," said Martin.

He said it's not just affecting their company in Montana.

"It's not just here. We have some charter buses that are in California going through the National Parks," said Martin.

President of the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce, Daryl Schleim, said this is one the busiest time for international visitors to come to Bozeman and Yellowstone and they often charter Karst.

"They normally travel in larger groups of coach buses because they don't like to rent cars when they do come here," said Schleim.

Schleim said he's not so concerned about the impacts now, but the long-term impacts this shut down could have on our country.
"I think long range effect is how many people do they go tell don't come to the United States when the government shuts down, they shut down everything and there's no tourism and you're wasting your time going there," said Schleim.

Martin hopes the Federal Government reaches an agreement soon.

"I'm hoping they fix it, I don't care how," said Martin.

Right now, Karst Stage has about 70 employees. Martin said many of their shifts have been changed on the fly because of cancellations.

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