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Local federal employees back to work after 35-day hiatus

BLM employees are back to work even as talks between President Donald Trump and key Democratic lawmakers continue in Washington, D.C. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – Monday morning the Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management was a busy place.

Shuttered since Dec. 22 because of the government shutdown, BLM employees scrambled to get back on track after a month on furlough.

They went back to work after President Trump agreed last Friday to reopen the government for three weeks while negotiations continue over his demand for funding of a border wall.

The shutdown made its largest impact locally at the Vale BLM, where about 105 people were sent home, and the Farm Service Agency as the president and Democrats in Congress clashed over funding for a border wall.

The Farm Service Agency, which . . .