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Jay Sowers / The Natchez Democrat — Volunteer Scott Morris, left, gives visitors Cynthia and Robert Rafferty a tour of the historic inn at Mount Locust just off the Natchez Trace Parkway on Monday afternoon. Services offered along the parkway could be in danger if automatic spending cuts go into place Friday.
Jay Sowers / The Natchez Democrat — Volunteer Scott Morris, left, gives visitors Cynthia and Robert Rafferty a tour of the historic inn at Mount Locust just off the Natchez Trace Parkway on Monday afternoon. Services offered along the parkway could be in danger if automatic spending cuts go into place Friday.

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Trace services, employees could be affected by sequestration

Published 12:01am Tuesday, February 26, 2013

NATCHEZ — Visitors to the Natchez Trace who need to take a bathroom break along the way might not have as many opportunities to do so in the coming year.

Administrators at the Natchez National Historic Park and the Natchez Trace Parkway are making plans to cope with the loss of funding that will result if Congress does not reach an agreement that will stop automatic spending cuts by Friday. The cuts — part of the fiscal sequestration set to go into effect March 1 — can only be stopped by a Congressional agreement, and are anticipated to affect many federal services, including the National Park Service. With less money, administrators say they’ll have to scale back services.

“Everything is impacted, and we will do the best we can to avoid compromising our resources or safety or the visitor experience,” Natchez National Historical Park Superintendent Kathleen Jenkins said. “We are pretty good at doing great things on a shoestring, but we can’t work miracles. You have got to have people and finances. Any cut will impact our mission.”

Along the Trace, that means the park service will have to close down all of its comfort stations at least one day a week, including the stations at Cole’s Creek, Mount Locust and the Rocky Springs campground near Port Gibson, Natchez Trace Parkway Acting Superintendent Dale Wilkerson said.

The Trace would also see its seasonal workforce reduced by approximately a third.

“Some of our part-time staff we may not be able to employ,” Wilkerson said. “We will strategically work the numbers we are given so that we can do the best we can throughout the entire parkway, maintaining appropriate park levels within our available funding.”

Jenkins said the Natchez park management is putting contingency plans in place in case the automatic cuts go into effect, but she declined to discuss what those contingencies are.

“We are making plans just in case, but I am in the dark about what the loss of funding might be as much as anybody else until the end of the week,” Jenkins said. “It is just speculation, and of course it is not good speculation. We hope it doesn’t happen.”

The Natchez National Historical Park includes Melrose and the William Johnson House. The NPS also has long-term plans to incorporate the site of the former French Fort Rosalie into the park.

If sequestration goes into effect, Wilkerson said changes wouldn’t likely happen immediately. Instead, the park service would have to make appropriate reductions to its budget until meeting the target set for the end of the fiscal year, which is Sept. 30.

“We won’t do anything — probably — on day one,” he said. “We would formalize those numbers and then start implementing our plans so that we can hit reduction target by year’s end.”

  • Anonymous

    So go behind a tree and while going, say this one is on you Mr. Pres, you lout

  • Anonymous
  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    You folks that support the NO PARTY REPUBLICANs best better call these state of Ms.rep. leaders and the congress rep. leaders in D.C. to stop the bleeding of our economy while it on its way to the top!! When will these folks ever learn and stop supporting their millionaires friends of the loop holes and etc.huh’??!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I have noticed in the past 10 years on the Natchez Trace that its more contract labor hired out when the full time park employees should be doing the work instead putting it off on hire contract labor that need to stop !! Also, the care isn’t very good with trees from past storms that rotting trees are laying there for years in the bushhog cutting areas, deep holes near the trace road, simple just not taking care of business!! I guess the employees are putting this daily maintaince off till the contract labor is hired to do their jobs

  • “THEMAN”

    IF ONE PARTY WAS BETTER THAN THE NEXT THE OTHER PARTY WOULDN’T EXIST…..I TRUST NO POLITICIAN….. THERE IS NO FIXING THIS PROBLEM…..MY ? TO YOU IS WHEN WILL YOU EVER LEARN? SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE AND PREPARE FOR THE ROUGH RIDE…

  • Anonymous

    So you aren’t aware the sequestration trigger was Obama’s idea from last year that he is now reneging on and laying the blame on Republicans? I suggest you read the The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward’s remarks on the matter. Not that facts ever change your opinion but I thought I’d at least inform you on principle.

  • http://www.endtime.com Keith

    Scare tatics from a scared POTUS. Rule by putting fear into people. Wake up to this socialist agenda he is trying to push on the American People. I am glad to see the Republican party getting a back bone to this guy, and show him how much Un-American he truly is!!!! Hopefully he will be in court for Treason agaist the United States of America where he truly needs to be now!!!! and out of Office, Him, Biden, Pelosi, Reade, Barney Frank just to name a few!!!!!
    G-D Bless America. Yes, I am still waiting for the Rapture to take place, So get right with G-D or get Left!!!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I take you comment with vigor being you write with principal and facts!! Republicans you know as a fact hasn’t ever worked with this president is no mystery to you are me and the republicans are the bad monster at the present huh’??!!!!

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    So you aren’t aware the sequestration trigger was Obama’s idea from last year that he is now reneging on and laying the blame on Republicans? I suggest you read the The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward’s remarks on the matter. Not that facts ever change your opinion but I thought I’d at least inform you on principle.

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  • Anonymous

    At this point, the GOP is on its way to extinction.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    You have been watching to much Fox network and not getting the truth and facts but as far as treason if you want to state the facts of history both Bushes and Reagan should be serving time in prison as that of Nixon!! Republican party has stained the American flag of corruption of wanting power as that of Nixon if you get the picture huh’??!! I’m for the working party that helps the middle class and that is whom your talking about that makes me proud!! Now , you have a good day!!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I did learn when I voted for Nixon-wrong the worst mistake I made that was the only and last republican I ever voted for period!! You must be duec in another name huh’??!!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand why people either can’t or won’t understand this very simple concept: Sequestration isn’t cutting one penny out of the Federal budget. None, nothing, zip, nada. It is slowing the rate of growth. For you brain-dead Obama voters out there I’ll explain this with a simple example. If, say, my entertainment budget is $300 a month, but I decide to increase it to $350 next month, then at the last minute decide to increase it to only $325, I haven’t cut my entertainment budget by $25! It still went up, just not as much as I planned. That’s what sequestration does. I know it hurts Obama voter’s heads to seriously think about anything, but maybe you could give it a try. So rest easy Obamorons, the world won’t end on Friday.

  • Anonymous

    Republicans certainly have their faults but this deal is on Obama. He wanted the deal, he suggested the deal, he made the deal and now that it’s time to honor the deal he is backing out and blaming Republicans for the coming decrease in rate of spending. That is patently dishonest. This should give you a little insight to how he “works” with the Republicans in Congress. This WAS the Republicans working with him on the fiscal cliff. That is how the deal was made, by Republicans working WITH him. He is now betraying the deal Republicans worked WITH him on so to say they don’t work with him is incorrect. They absolutely did work with him on this and now he is reneging, stabbing them in the back and laying blame for cuts that were his idea at their feet.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    You people(republicans) are so jealous of this president getting this country out of a depression and the economy getting better just need to get over it and lets get the nation back to going!!

  • http://www.endtime.com Keith

    I don’t have cable TV of any kind. I gave it up years ago. Now I will
    admit I do go to http://www.foxnews.com, but to be fair and balanced, I also go
    to http://www.ccn.com, http://www.nbcnews.com, http://www.onenewsnow.com and,
    http://www.theblaze.com.
    So I do believe that get me pretty well educated
    from many news sources. BTW, it is not that I vote Republican, but I
    agree with them on many issues from a Conservative stance, but, I also
    hold their feet to the fire when I see them not doing right. I am not
    happy with Cochran or Wicker right now, and plan to vote for who ever
    runs against them next go a round, as long as the individual meet to the
    standard they need to meet Conservative principles. Probably be like
    most elections, have to take the worst of the two evils.

    As
    being one who was stanch Democrat, I got away from them in the early
    90′s when I started to wake up and see the anti American stance they we
    developing into. The Anti- G-D stance they were advocating to, also the
    Socialistic values they we evolving towards. Unfortunately, I am seeing
    the Republicans heading down this same path!!!! A path that will lead to
    the destruction of our Constitutional Republic. You can vote for it if
    you want, but I am going to stand firm in the Liberties I believe in
    through the US Constitutional Republic Values. One and the most
    important reason, I see it the way G-D himself from the Holy Bible, from
    a Christian perspective, is the most G-D like manner in which G-D wants
    man to Governmentally run ourselves this side of life. Socialism and
    Christianity will never mix. Socialism takes G-D out of the picture,
    seems reminiscent to the way President Obama is doing. This is why I no
    longer vote especially in national elections, Democrat. They have turned
    into and evil party that has gotten so far away from G-D’s principles
    to the point, it is scary to think they would get this bad in this
    nation!!!! Like I stated earlier, I see the Republicans going down this
    same path!!!! But also, I am seeing new Leadership in the Republican
    Party to being more Conservative in nature and taking own the
    established crowd. I sure hope they stand and keep standing strong to
    what we as Conservatives have been saying for years. But I sure hope in
    the next few elections, we get more conservitives back into power and
    lead us out of this evil socialistic Government that the Democrats and
    the rino Republicans have gotten us into!!!

    G-D Bless

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Spoken as a republican!!!

  • http://www.endtime.com Keith

    Only plan that will truly work is not of a socialistic view in which the Democrats are now are part of, especailly in the national Agenda. Now to be fair, local Democrat leaders have a tendency to be way more conservitive!!!! But from a Conservitive point of view khakirat, I am not jelous of this president or any president. I do want him to succeed in a conservitive stance!!! but he is going right opposite!!! His agends will not work, they have never worked in the past and will never work because of the more Perfect will of G-D’s design for man to have us govern ourselves!!! So when it comes for me to choose, G-D’s will or someone who has shown to be anti Christian G-D in his personal views, President Obama, I choose G-D!

    Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I’m a christian as my family is but what factual evidence you have that President Obama isn’t christian? I feel you are placing judgement on him unfairly and he has done more to help the poor and middle class people of any president in my life time!! in a message dated 2/26/2013 6:02:27 P.M. Central Standard Time, notifications@disqus.net writes:

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    Only plan that will truly work is not of a socialistic view in which the Democrats are now are part of, especailly in the national Agenda. Now to be fair, local Democrat leaders have a tendency to be way more conservitive!!!! But from a Conservitive point of view khakirat, I am not jelous of this president or any president. I do want him to succeed in a conservitive stance!!! but he is going right opposite!!! His agends will not work, they have never worked in the past and will never work because of the more Perfect will of G-D’s design for man to have us govern ourselves!!! So when it comes for me to choose, G-D’s will or someone who has shown to be anti Christian G-D in his personal views, President Obama, I choose G-D!

    Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

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  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I truly respect your opinion and I’m a christian and I don’t agree with all the things that go on with the democrat side but I in no way class it as a socialism as you may think of it. I’m very proud of my party that went back generations in my family and didn’t jump boat cause of the civil rights and LBJ. May God Bless you as Well

  • Anonymous

    How about the fact that Obama was the ONLY person in the Illinois legislature to vote yes for the bill that would allow a doctor to kill a baby that survived an abortion. The ONLY ONE. So Christian of him. How about his desire to allow a woman to get an abortion at any stage of pregnancy, up until one minute before birth if the mother (sic) so desires, for any reason whatsoever. How about his support for gay marriage? These are but 3 examples. No, Obama is not a Christian, other than for political reasons. And he’s not a Muslim either. They would cut off his head for his beliefs. Like most secular progressives, Obama is an atheist. Study his actions, not his words. Paying lip service to Christianity does not make one a Christian.

  • Anonymous

    Spoken as someone who pays attention. Here are the facts:

    The Budget Control Act of 2011 gave the government a $1.2 billion raise of the debt ceiling, a Republican compromise. As a result of the compromise, a bipartisan “Super Committee” had to come up with at least $1.2 billion a year in spending cuts. These “cuts” are actually decreases in the RATES of spending INCREASES, as the budget is still larger than last year’s.

    Part of the deal agreed to by Republicans in Congress, Democrats in Congress and the President was that if agreements could not be made on where these “cuts” were to be made, sequestration kicked in automatically. That is where we are now. According to Bob Woodward’s sources, it was Obama’s idea for the automatic sequestration deal as “bait” to get the $1.2 billion a year from Republicans. Republicans compromised with Democrats and the President on that matter. The Democrats and the President got their $1.2 billion a year raise in the debt ceiling.

    Now the President, the Democrats and their lackeys in the media are blaming Republicans because the Democrats and the President are reneging on not only the deal they made but the deal they engineered. They got their debt ceiling raise and are now giving the finger to Republicans on any cuts which they absolutely agreed to.

    Now, you can play “Democrats good, Republicans bad” all day is you want. That does not change the fact that the President is telling bald-faced lies for no other reason than that he knows the media will back him up and people like you will swallow those lies like the unquestioning myrmidons you are. He gets his debt ceiling raise and he gets to further damage the opposition party. Win-win for him because he knows most voters are like you and not like me.

  • Anonymous

    Why do you say that? Not that I disagree, just wondering why you think so. Please explain what they did wrong here.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, and for the record, I’m not a Republican. I am libertarian.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Rat – I’ll be brief and to the point. The Democrat party of today bears no resemblance to the party of past generations. Additionally, your posts are confusing at best. G’day huh!!??!!

  • http://www.endtime.com Keith

    K, Sorry to inform you. Soclialism only looks good on the outside. It is what is inside that counts. Socialism and Christianity will never work. BTW, Senate Majorty Leader during the Eisenhower Presidency, Majority Leader LB Johnson, voted agaisnt Civil Rights Legistlation the Republicans wrote up and tried to pass!!!! He pushed through the same legislation during his Presidental Administration. So admirible of him!!!

    I grew up stanch Democrat, I realize the direction they are traveling to their Anti G-D stance, I did not and want be a part of. Trust me when I say, the Republicans are getting there also!!! Besides from potential political future parties, seems I have no other choice to stay where I am, but I will vote a true conservitive over any left leaning idealogy of any candidate.

    Christians are to stay true to G-D not party affiliation!!! You tell me the Democrats stayed true to G-D? Even the Republicans are starting to abandon G-D now!!!! Case in pont, Sen Wicker and Cochran!!! Not happy with some of the things they have voted on here latley!!! Anti G-D legislation the Democrats are sooo in love with!!!!

    Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee

  • http://www.endtime.com Keith

    K, as a Christian, I vote G-D not party affiliation. Even though I see the Republicans are starting to abandon G-D and HIS ways HE wants us to govern ourselves throughout the word. The Democrat Party has abandon G-D a long time back. Just look at last years DNC convention in Charlote, NC last year.
    Under President Eisenhower, the Senate Majorty Leader, LB Johnson, voted against the Civil Rights Legislation the Republican wrote and tried to pass. Then he, LBJ passed the same legislation during his Presidentail administration!!! Really admirable of him!!!!

  • Anonymous

    An old Chinese proverb: “If we don’t change directions, we’ll wind up where we’re headed”. Our country is in trouble.

  • Anonymous

    I say that because they are anti-everything. It’s getting old.

  • Anonymous

    You need to keep G-D out of it. Being Christian has nothing to do with being an American. And being American has nothing to do with being Christian.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, you mean like anti-Second Amendment, anti-sugar, anti-drilling, anti-fracking, anti-pipeline, anti-spending limit, anti-budget, anti-religion, anti-business, anti-merit, anti-life, anti-Israel, anti-capitalism, etc.?

    Yes, I could do an “anti-” list for Republicans as well. Neither list addresses what Republicans supposedly did wrong with regard to this Democrat-designed and agreed-to sequestration. Yes, the Republicans were “anti-debt ceiling raise” but they compromised, much to my chagrin, with Democrats on the matter. We now see perhaps why they are reluctant to compromise. For all their faults, they did nothing wrong here, save trusting the current administration to keep its word.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Then you need to throw the first stone huh’??!! You are very judgemental with your myths of untruth and now the republicans are for gay marriage now!! Go back to your room and do your homework!!

  • Anonymous

    I stood and gave you a hearty AMEN brother. rand paul, cantor, ryan, issa, will sink the country for the sake of their ambitions.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I haven’t heard President at a lie as long as he has been in office for he is a honorable man and the republicans don’t give a hoot for the people that lose their jobs and the bad things that go with this budget cuts that the republican are standing by the big money people says something about their party huh??!! Looks like the house will get the majority back after this and getting people as the Kentucky senator majority whip sent home!! Then RockinRoll!!

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    Spoken as someone who pays attention. Here are the facts:

    The Budget Control Act of 2011 gave the government a $1.2 billion raise of the debt ceiling, a Republican compromise. As a result of the compromise, a bipartisan “Super Committee” had to come up with at least $1.2 billion a year in spending cuts. These “cuts” are actually decreases in the RATES of spending INCREASES, as the budget is still larger than last year’s.

    Part of the deal agreed to by Republicans in Congress, Democrats in Congress and the President was that if agreements could not be made on where these “cuts” were to be made, sequestration kicked in automatically. That is where we are now. According to Bob Woodward’s sources, it was Obama’s idea for the automatic sequestration deal as “bait” to get the $1.2 billion a year from Republicans. Republicans compromised with Democrats and the President on that matter. The Democrats and the President got their $1.2 billion a year raise in the debt ceiling.

    Now the President, the Democrats and their lackeys in the media are blaming Republicans because the Democrats and the President are reneging on not only the deal they made but the deal they engineered. They got their debt ceiling raise and are now giving the finger to Republicans on any cuts which they absolutely agreed to.

    Now, you can play “Democrats good, Republicans bad” all day is you want. That does not change the fact that the President is telling bald-faced lies for no other reason than that he knows the media will back him up and people like you will swallow those lies like the unquestioning myrmidons you are. He gets his debt ceiling raise and he gets to further damage the opposition party. Win-win for him because he knows most voters are like you and not like me.

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  • “THEMAN”

    Nope they call me”THE MAN” I’m the new kid on the block….

  • Anonymous

    No, they hate 47% of the country’s citizens. Didn’t you hear Romney? They hate women, gays, blacks, hispanics, poor people. Actually they are the party of angry white men. You haven’t figured that out yet?

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Apparantly you need eyeglasses be confused huh’??!! Democrat party still as always have stood up for the working class thru out history as the republicans always cater to the big money people!! Nothing has changed!!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I been riding this mule for 65 years and I don’t see no changing!!

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    IF ONE PARTY WAS BETTER THAN THE NEXT THE OTHER PARTY WOULDN’T EXIST…..I TRUST NO POLITICIAN….. THERE IS NO FIXING THIS PROBLEM…..MY ? TO YOU IS WHEN WILL YOU EVER LEARN? SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE AND PREPARE FOR THE ROUGH RIDE…

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  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    ubonnett, sorry your confused -maybe a blkboard and chalk huh’??!!

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    Mr. Rat – I’ll be brief and to the point. The Democrat party of today bears no resemblance to the party of past generations. Additionally, your posts are confusing at best. G’day huh!!??!!

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  • “THEMAN”

    Well I been riding this mule for 33 years and I’m seeing changes everyday…taxes, gas prices, food prices, etc….

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I did hear Romney. He said 47% weren’t going to vote for him no matter what and that wasting campaign resources on them (I can’t worry about them) would be futile. Absolutely correct. As for the “hate” stuff, I do find it a bit amusing that you don’t notice the hypocrisy in that. Such false and unfounded accusations for the sole purpose of political pandering are, well, pretty darn hateful. I mean, if you really believe that it says more about you than anything else.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    That just basis of life and living!! You just now starting a life for my youngest son is your age and he is still maturing so keep God in you heart and you’ll do all right!!

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    Well I been riding this mule for 33 years and I’m seeing changes everyday…taxes, gas prices, food prices, etc….

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