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Grand Canyon to reopen amid government shutdown

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now/AP) -

Arizona has just struck a deal to reopen the Grand Canyon National Park.

This comes after the government gave permission to several states to reopen national parks using state money.

Governor Jan Brewer has just confirmed this in a Twitter message.

Brewer had wanted to only partially reopen the park, but the deal includes the entire park.

"I am thrilled Grand Canyon will be open and fully operational – not only for our national and global travelers who have long-awaited to experience one of the world's Seven Natural Wonders, but for the nearby businesses and communities whose livelihood depends on the tourism it attracts. I must especially acknowledge Tusayan Mayor Greg Bryan, who has pledged private and town dollars to see this park reopened. I also thank the Arizona Office of Tourism, Arizona Department of Administration, the Arizona State Treasurer and private businesses for their leadership and contributions to this important effort," Brewer stated in a news release.

"While this deal will buy us some time and bring back lost revenue to the state, I would hope our elected officials in Washington move urgently to negotiate an immediate end to this government standstill. Arizona is doing what it can to keep the Grand Canyon up and running, but we cannot pay the federal government's tab for long. That said, I am proud to announce Grand Canyon will be open for business for the Columbus Day weekend."

Arizona had been balking at paying the full cost of running the park,which works out to about $112,000 a day.

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