This South Los Angeles business is weathering the pandemic, one pie at a time. What does that mean for your privacy? The National Park Service wouldn't confirm how many rangers have been furloughed at Death Valley. In major cities such as Los Angeles, rent is falling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The waterless bathrooms in which visitors can relieve themselves into a sealed container buried underground had remained open. But interviews with park officials and nonprofit groups that help keep parks running tell a different story. FILE -- Joshua Trees photographed under the Milky Way, the moon and a twilight glow in Death Valley. Newsom provided a sobering update on the COVID-19 pandemic Monday. A woman was found dead in a Pasadena park. Olympic champion Jeanette Bolden-Pickens owns South L.A.'s 27th Street Bakery Shop, founded by her grandparents in 1956. Illegal camping and off-road driving have been reported as issues since the shutdown began. They opened gates while no one was watching. The park sustained extra damage during the partial government shutdown. He said most visitors took good care of the land. California Gov. Head east, you’ll find the opposite. Champagne bottles being left strewn about in Joshua Tree, human waste piling up on roads leading into Yosemite. Donations would also allow the Furnace Creek Visitor Center at Death Valley to remain open, and parts that had been previously closed off, including Dante's View, Artists Drive, and Natural Bridge, will slowly be reopened over the course of a week. California passed Prop. But those willing to brace extreme temperatures will experience unrivaled geological formations, some of the state's most awe-inspiring wildflowers and scenery that feels very much out-of-this-world. Answer 11 of 20: Hi , We are booked at furnace creek for the week between Christmas and new year , I read posts of a possible shutdown and am worried if I should cancel my booking ? Foul play is suspected because of visible physical injuries. If the park is shutdown will the hotels still be open ? Death Valley is a park that bears the most fruit for those in cars. L.A. County public health officials on Saturday announced they will issue an order suspending outdoor dining at restaurants amid a surge of new coronavirus cases. Here's what that means for Bay Area real estate. The man was removed from the water and received medical treatment, but he died from his injuries. Newsom suggests when mass vaccination could come to Calif. Calif.'s top health official: 4 things we now know about COVID-19. How safe is it to go to indoor movie theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic? They walked over sensitive lands. The park is a massive 3.4 million acres of desert along the California-Nevada border. 24. But with no workers on duty to pump out the waste, those are being closed now as well. Rent is falling in Los Angeles. Parts of the park have been vandalized since the partial federal government shutdown began on Dec. 22, 2018. Or go ahead ? Park officials also found evidence of people kicking in locked bathroom doors. Parts of the park have also been vandalized with graffiti and locks on gates have been cut off. Meanwhile, an investigation into the Christmas Day death of a man at Yosemite National Park is being delayed by the partial government shutdown, a park spokesman said. The possibility of another shutdown remains. President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders agreed to a temporary spending bill that re-opened the government for three weeks. Stores are once again limiting how much toilet paper and cleaning supplies customers can buy, as the third wave of COVID-19 infections ramps up and lockdown orders return. Others had skeleton crews.. Local governments and nonprofit organizations offered money and volunteers during the shutdown, which began on December 21 and ended on January 25. MESSY SHUTDOWN: SF Public Works steps up to clear trash piles during shutdown in federal parks. New COVID-19 restrictions: What you need to know. Op-Ed: On the COVID frontlines, we’re tired of hearing lame excuses for risky behavior. “We aren’t releasing more detail because the incident remains under investigation, which is taking longer than usual because of the shutdown,” Munoz said in an email. According to Muñoz, Death Valley has seen illegal camping and off-road driving. Major movie theater chains have responded to the pandemic by putting COVID-19 protocols in place. Click here to make sure you get the news. The code has been copied to your clipboard. In Death Valley, the Furnace Creek and Texas Springs campgrounds will close Friday, along with access roads to Natural Bridge, Dante’s View and Keane Wonder Mine. Reports continue to trickle in from volunteers about Champagne bottles being left strewn about in Joshua Tree and human waste piling up on roads leading into Yosemite. One of the hottest places in the world, Death Valley is unforgiving to unprepared travelers. A picture provided by the National Park Service shows an illegal campsite at Joshua Tree National Park. According to the National Park Service, visitors at Joshua Tree National Park routinely went off-roading through the desert. The park sustained extra damage during the partial government shutdown. He told the Associated Press, “It became pretty depressing the kinds of things people will do when they are unsupervised.”. Shutdowns, and the lack of funding and staffing that come along with them, naturally make things harder. The Associated Press reported this story. Outside magazine first reported the death Friday morning. Javier Panzar is a reporter and digital editor for the Los Angeles Times. Several sites in Death Valley National Park are closing Friday because of health and safety concerns over human waste, trash, vandalism and damage to park resources, officials said. Massive stash of cartel cash, drugs and ammo seized from Otay Mesa truck yard. At Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visitors cut locks on some gates to closed roads and stole about $5,000 in repair tools, spokeswoman Dana Soehn said. Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks went a step further, closing entirely to visitors. Benches and tables on the roadside of California State Route 178, at Death Valley National Park, California, USA. But the companies have had all summer to prepare. Start receiving breaking news emails on wildfires, civil emergencies, riots, national breaking news, Amber Alerts, weather emergencies, and other critical events with the SFGATE breaking news email. A colony of elephant seals took over a Northern California beach in Point Reyes National Seashore. Read Alix Martichoux's latest stories and send her news tips at amartichoux@sfchronicle.com. The road to Salt Creek is also closed. MORE DAMAGE: Joshua trees cut down, desert vandalized at Joshua Tree National Park during government shutdown According to Muñoz, Death Valley has … Joshua Tree National Park. Death Valley, like other national parks, has remained open, with just certain areas off limits to the public. Death Valley National Park. Trump has said another shutdown could start February 15 if he and Democratic leaders cannot agree on money for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Despite the ongoing partial government shutdown, Death Valley National Park has largely remained open to visitors. The URL has been copied to your clipboard, People visit Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California's Mojave Desert, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. As coronavirus cases surge, L.A. officials consider new “safer at home” rules that would allow many businesses to remain open but with limited customer capacity.