The 64th annual Riggins Rodeo rides out May 4 and 5, but thanks to sequestration cuts, rodeo-goers planning on camping at either Shorts Bar or Island Bar on the Salmon River will need to look for an alternative site to pitch their tent. Federal budget cuts have forced the Bureau of Land Management to close the popular sites during the rodeo.
The BLM has traditionally provided extra law enforcement patrols, portable toilets and garbage services at the two campgrounds during the rodeo event. But this year it does not have the money to provide these services, so it will close the two sites in the best interest of the health and safety of the public.
Impacts to the agency from sequestration, which include reduced budgets and a hiring freeze on seasonal and permanent employees, has forced the BLMs Cottonwood Field Office to issue an emergency closure order for both Shorts Bar and Island Bar recreation sites for the first weekend in May, said the BLM in a press release.
The emergency closure begins 12:01 p.m. Thursday, May 2, and continues through 5:59 a.m. Monday, May 6.
Individuals who violate the order are punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment of up to one year.