Meyers checkpoint not ready to bug out |

Meyers checkpoint not ready to bug out

William Ferchland
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune Due to budget cuts, Mark Stirling is the only inspector working at the Agriculture Inspection station in Meyers.

The agriculture checkpoint in Meyers, otherwise known as the bug station, is staying open despite previous statements that California’s budget crisis would force its closure.

Steve Lyle, spokesman for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, said $4.5 million was transferred from other funds to keep all 16 checkpoints in California open.

In October, Lyle said the state’s budget woes would close 11 stations, including the one in Meyers, and keep five open. The five that were to remain open are located near borders, such as the station in Truckee along Interstate 80.

“The intent was to close them at some point in time but that did not occur based on prioritization,” Lyle said.

There are no set hours for the Meyers station, which is charged with preventing illegal and dangerous plants and bugs from infiltrating California.

“It is not business as usual but it is business as it has been since the cut back,” Lyle said.

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