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Impact from government shutdown ripples across Malheur County

More than 100 BLM employees have been out of work since December because of the government shutdown. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – Thursday morning a single light in a corner office illuminated an otherwise dark interior at the Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management.

No one has been at work in the building since December.

That’s when the partial government shutdown locked up the biggest federal employer in Malheur County and sent more than 105 people home indefinitely.

They join a large number of federal employees across the country who have been out of work since Dec. 22 as President Trump and Democrats argue over funding to build about a 200-mile barrier along the U.S. and Mexican border. 

Locally, the shutdown’s influence is rippling through the county in . . .