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Las Vegas Couple Actually Kicked Out of Their Home During Gov't Shutdown Because It Resides on Federal Land


"I had to go to town today and buy [my husband] undershirts and jeans because I forgot his pants."

A Las Vegas couple with property on federal land say they have been forced out of their home until the government shutdown ends.

Joyce and Ralph Spencer say they spend most of their time in the family ice cream store because they have nowhere else to go.

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The couple, who has lived in the Lake Mead house since the 1970s, were apparently told Thursday by a park ranger that they had 24 hours to vacate the property.

"I had to go to town today and buy Ralph undershirts and jeans because I forgot his pants," said Joyce Spencer.

And even though the Spencers actually own the Lake Mead property, it sits on federal property.

Authorities said homeowners could only return to retrieve belongings.

“Unfortunately overnight stays are not permitted until a budget is passed and the park can reopen,” park officials said in a statement to

Joyce Spencer, 77, said she and her husband are alright, but added the sudden move has been difficult.

"I had to be sure and get his walker and his scooter that he has to go in," Spencer said. "We're not hurt in any way except it might cost me if I have to go buy more pants."

The Spencers will continue to live away from home until the shutdown ends.


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