WASHINGTON -- Though much of the coverage of the government shutdown has focused on the drama unfolding in Washington, D.C., the effects are being felt widely across the country.
Less than two full days in, thousands of National Guard members have been furloughed, scientific research has been halted, federal technicians have been forced off the job, and wildlife refuges have been closed.
In Idaho, a rescue mission in search of a missing Boise woman was put on hold because the workers conducting it were furloughed. In Arkansas, more than 85,000 meals for children were endangered because of cuts to nutritional programs. And in Connecticut, 13 Head Start programs serving 320 children were shut down.
Not all of those impacted by the partial closure of the federal government actually work for the federal government.
Michele Sturgeon, a private contractor with the CDC Foundation, was forced to stop her work on rotaviruses and forego a salary because the Center for Disease Control and Prevention supervisor who runs her project was furloughed.
"If my supervisor is not there, there is not work for me to do and I don’t get paid either," she told The Huffington Post. "Being a scientist I don’t get paid that much. I have two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree. I owe in student loans three times what I make. I live paycheck to paycheck. This is not financially stable for me at all."
Nor has the fallout of the shutdown been confined to the United States. Kaitlyn Martin, a Numbered Air Force employee working at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, told The Huffington Post that the staff members who organize emergency travel in her office were furloughed and funds were made "unavailable for travel during the shutdown."
"The problem for us is not that we're out of work," she explained. "Many are still working, though will likely face late paychecks until a resolution is made. The problem is that life goes on, and many of the smaller services which keep things running have been cut off."
In an effort to understand the totality of the damage being inflicted by the government shutdown, The Huffington Post solicited reader feedback and surveyed hundreds of local news outlets in all 50 states. The results of our search -- illustrating a nation under shutdown -- are below.
- The Cheaha Regional Head Start in Talladega was closed.
- Some 1,900 civilian workers received furlough notices at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
- National Transportation Safety Board Investigators into plane crashes in Alaska were furloughed.
- More than 30 people looking to raft on the Colorado river were turned away.
- More than 85,000 meals for Arkansas children were at risk of being ended. Some 2,000 newborn babies woud potentially not receive infant formula.
- The Clinton Presidential Center closed permanent exhibits to walk-in visitors.
- Federal workers earning $11,000-a-year to work at a shelter in Little Rock were forced to work without pay.
- 1,282 marines were furloughed at the Marine Air Ground Task Force Combat Center
- Movie production was suspended in Angeles National Forest, the L.A. River, the Sepulveda Dam and the West Lost Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center
- The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit in Grand Junction was closed.
- At least 5,000 federal workers at research labs across the state have been furloughed.
- More than 18 percent of Colorado Springs' workforce has been furloughed.
- 13 Head Start programs that serve 320 children in Bridgeport, Connecticut were shut down completely.
- The U.S. Attorney's office in New Haven furloughed 40 staffers.
- 500 civilian employees were furloughed at Dover Air Force Base.
- Launch preparations for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft were put on hold.
- More than 7,000 workers -- mostly from NASA and defense industry -- have been furloughed in central Florida.
- 3,100 civilian workers at Fort Stewart were told to stay home on furlough.
- Seventy-five percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 13,000 workers have been furloughed. Researchers have had to halt their studies.
- Medical aid and cash assistance for refugees settled in the state have been frozen.
- The state's four commissaries were forced to sell off perishable items before shutting down Tuesday.
- Research into rat lungworm disease at the University of Hawaii was halted.
- 850 of the state's National Guard's civilian workers (half of the total staff) were furloughed.
- Attorneys were expected to file motions to temporarily halt court proceedings in environmental lawsuits, tort cases and other civil matters.
- A rescue mission for a missing Boise woman was put on hold Tuesday because workers were furloughed. On Wednesday, Idaho officials announced that they were able to get more boots on the ground to help with the search.
- One-third of the speakers at the Illinois River Coordinating Council were forced to cancel their trip to Peoria.
- 2,500 civilian employees at the Naval Station Great Lakes turned over their duties to active-duty sailors and went home.
- Hoosier National Forest closed campgrounds and furloughed 45 staffers.
- A cafeteria in an Iowa federal office building usually has 500 to 600 customers a day. There were 200 on Tuesday.
- The Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site was closed.
- More than 300 civilian employees were out of work at McConnell Air Force Base.
- The Kentucky National Guard furloughed 1,300 employees.
- A NASA facility in New Orleans halted work on its new launch system.
- The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans furloughed about 1,800 civilian workers.
- The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s director for Maine closed his city office.
- Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation received roughly 4,000 applications for unemployment benefits because of workers being furloughed.
- Firefighters were forced to move a memorial service for a colleague killed in the line of duty.
- A local IRS office was closed.
- A government employee union official estimates 95 percent of staff members in her department were furloughed.
- A Cape Cod father of three is prevented from starting last-chance experimental treatment for his terminal cancer.
- State officials estimated that the shutdown would cost them $18 million a day.
- Air Force Reserve furloughed 300 workers at the 934th Airlift Wing. “How do you feed your family? How do you house your family? It’s ridiculous right now,” said one of those furloughed workers.
- The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge center closed its sites and locked its gates.
- 450 of the Vicksburg District's 1,100 federal employees were expected to be furloughed.
- The Columbia Environmental Research Center -- a U.S. Geological Survey research facility -- was closed.
- In mid-Missouri, people were no longer allowed to apply in person for a replacement Social Security card or a replacement Medicare card.
- The Bozeman Fish Technology Center, the Bozeman Fish Health Center, the Creston National Fish Hatchery, the hatchery in Ennis and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Billings all closed.
- Glacier and Yellowstone national parks were closed to visitors. Those already at the parks were told to leave by Thursday.
- The commodity supplemental food program was shut down and food is not being distributed.
- 530 Nevada National Guard technicians were furloughed.
- 1,100 civilian employees at Nellis base outside Las Vegas were sent home.
- At Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Tuesday morning, 1,000 shipyard employees were forced off the job.
- At New Hampshire National Guard Base, 332 Army and Air Force technicians were told to not come into work.
- More than half the 6,700 civilian workers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst have been furloughed.
- The widow of a Forest Service firefighter killed on the job was temporarily denied her late husband’s survivor benefits.
- Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument was closed.
- In New York City, as many as 50,000 federal employees are likely to be hurt by the shutdown.
- The Department of Health and Human Services told 337 employees in the state not to show up for work Wednesday.
- The North Dakota National Guard furloughed 430 of its employees.
- The acting superintendent at Theodore Roosevelt National Park wrote 40 furlough notices for his workers on Tuesday, and the one for himself.
- More than 1,800 Ohio National Guard employees and 8,700 air base workers were put on unpaid leave.
- 27 eighth-graders from St. Agatha Catholic School saw their D.C. trip upended.
- Officials at Tinker Air Force Base estimated that 2,900 of 14,000 civilian employees were furloughed.
- Several federal offices in Portland, including the Department of Interior, USDA, GSA and EPA, were closed.
- The Gettysburg National Military Park was closed, including the historic battlefield.
- The VA halted vocational rehabilitation services.
- 60 employees at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area were furloughed.
- The Rhode Island National Guard furloughed 300 of its 425 civilian workers.
- At the Naval War College, civilian instructors were told to stay home.
- Approximately 1,200 federal technicians for the S.C. National Guard were furloughed.
- Tribal funds for foster care and other assistance were halted.
- The Davison County Conservation District was shut down because it operates at an office in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center.
- A man tried to pay his mother's tax bill at the IRS but the IRS office was closed.
- Texas Tech students could see delays in financial aid.
- The George W. Bush Library and Lyndon B. Johnson's presidential libraries were closed.
- 23,000 military workers have been furloughed in San Antonio.
- Roughly 65,000 could see support from the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children halted.
- Half of the state's national guard full-time workers were furloughed.
- The U.S. Forest Service in Rutland was closed.
- Roughly 3,600 people were furloughed at the Navy shipyard in Norfolk.
- A trip to Washington, D.C., that eighth graders from Washington state had spent more than a year raising money for became a "huge disappointment" due to closures.
- 1150 national guard employees were furloughed. "I mean we've got folks that aren't going to get paid. They are going home. And some of them have just come back from war," said Major General James Hoyer, state adjutant general.
- The state's Hunger Task Force said it would lose out on 217,000 pounds of food it receives every two weeks from the federal government if the shutdown lasts into mid-October.
- Oil and gas leases between private companies and public lands were halted in the state.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misidentified the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area as in Delaware. It is in Pennsylvania.
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