As the government shutdown meanders into a fifth week with no end in sight, the effects are being felt in Clatsop County.

Long lines formed last weekend in front of the Astoria Masonic Lodge, where Boy Scouts and many others offered assistance to federal workers and their families. Wildland firefighters across the country are unable to conduct training exercises ahead of fire season. Local public transportation is bracing for cutbacks and some food pantries are seeing increased need.

Parts of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park are closed and, until policy makers decide to reopen the government, the Coast Guard is still not getting paid.

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