The dream of a Yosemite wedding this weekend was shattered for six couples as a result of the federal government shutdown.
The would-be brides and grooms were forced to cancel or reschedule their nuptials due to the park shutdown that started Tuesday. The closed national treasure, which attracts about 4 million visitors a year, has become a high-profile example of how the shutdown has become personal for many.
Four of the weddings were being handled through Yosemite concessionaire Delaware North. Two others were planned independent of the company.
"It is very unfortunate that the government shutdown is affecting the American public in so many ways," said Lisa Cesaro, a spokeswoman for the Delaware North. "We have four weddings that were scheduled for the upcoming weekend, and the majority of the events were to take place at The Ahwahnee (Hotel). One of the weddings was relocated to Tenaya Lodge (in Fish Camp), a few of the couples are looking at spring dates to reschedule, and one couple is still working through options."
Delaware North normally employs about 1,450 park employees, but the majority of the work force was left without work to do as a result of the shutdown.
Not all news was bad Thursday when it came to a federal program.
Head Start offered through the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, which are largely funded through federal dollars, won't be closing any doors anytime soon.
The Central Valley program that serves more than 3,200 preschool-age kids has funding at least until Dec. 31, said Sareen Bedoyan, communications coordinator for Fresno EOC.