RICHLAND, Wash. -- Dark clouds are hanging over Richland's CREHST museum. Literally and figuratively.
The museum which has a budget of more than $300,000 is $157,000 dollars in the red. The reason, funding cuts from the Department of Energy. The museum is only getting $80,000 dollars this year compared to $331,000 last year.
As a result, displays of Hanford artifacts are covered in long black sheets until funding is restored.
"Our board made an executive decision that if we weren't being paid to display that we wouldn't until such time as funding could be found," explains CREHST executive director Ellen Low.
She says as a result of the cuts, two employees have been fired, and work hours have been reduced to four days a week. Low adds the museum could close in a year if nothing is done.