STOCKTON, CA - Business people in Groveland and surrounding communities in Tuolumne County feel jinxed. The government shutdown of Yosemite comes just weeks after the park was off limits due to the Rim Fire.
"Stuff happens, there's always things happening, like a boulder on the road. We depend on Yosemite. We've never had a double whammy like this," said Priest Station Cafe owner Steve Anker.
Both Anker and Terri Wemmer, who runs a gas station in Big Oak Flat, said their business is down more than 50 percent with the park shutdown for the second time in such a short period. At Wemmer's station, she's posted a sign reading "Thanks firefighters for saving our town. Thanks politicians for shutting it down."
"The ones (tourists) that do get here, they ask 'how can your government shut down?' What kind of answer can I give them?" Wemmer wants to know.
Business people near Yosemite are accustomed to a natural disaster or fire closing the park once every couple of years. But twice in three months is pushing their patience.