Hope, Skepticism Linger About Parks Reopening

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 10/11/13 3:34 PM CDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Colorado's governor has struck a deal with federal officials to reopen one of its national parks, becoming the second state to accept an offer to send money to the federal government to save lucrative tourist seasons.

Federal officials announced Friday that Colorado has agreed to pay about $360,000 to reopen Rocky Mountain National Park through Oct. 20.

The Obama administration on Thursday announced it would allow states to foot the bill for reopening parks.

Utah was the first taker, with Gov. Gary Herbert wiring $1.67 million to federal officials to temporarily reopen five national parks and other national park units by Saturday.


TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says the state will not pick up the tab to reopen Glacier National Park during the federal government shutdown.

The Democrat told Lee Newspapers of Montana on Thursday that it's long past time for Congress to end "this reckless and job-killing shutdown."

Earlier Thursday, the Obama administration said it would allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks after a handful of governors made the request.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he reached an agreement to pay $166,000 a day to the Interior Department to open Utah's five national parks, while Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she'd consider paying for a partial reopening of Grand Canyon National Park.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's office said that state would not pay to reopen Yellowstone or Grand Teton national parks.

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