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Arizona Offers To Pay To Keep Grand Canyon Open

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Ariz. gov rejected in offer to reopen Grand Canyon

By BOB CHRISTIE | October 03, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s Republican leaders, known for picking fights with the federal government, are seething again now that the Grand Canyon is closed because of the budget crisis in Washington.

Meanwhile, Obama’s ‘War On Arizona’ continues.

Gov. Jan Brewer wants the state’s signature national park reopened and has offered to pay for it with state money, but her proposal was rejected Thursday by a park official who said that as long as the federal government remains shut down, such a plan isn’t an option.

"I appreciate the support and I thanked them for the offer, but it’s not an offer we can accept," said park superintendent Dave Uberuaga.

It has been done before, during previous shutdowns. Even in Arizona, back in 1995 and 1996. (See later, buried at the bottom of this very article.)

Many… businesses also have offered to chip in to pay to reopen the park.

How greedy of them.

Nationally, at least one other governor also has been turned back in a similar effort. South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard had offered to use state employees to keep Mount Rushmore open.

Obama’s ‘War On South Dakota’ continues. By the way, how is it even possible to close the face of a mountainside?

[I]in 1995, the last time a government shutdown closed the Grand Canyon, the governor called in the National Guard to get the site reopened.

In fact, 1995 was the first time the Grand Canyon National Park had ever been closed in a government shutdown. Even though there had been 15 previous shutdowns.

Also, it should be noted, the Pentagon warned the head of the Arizona National Guard against the use of force and raised the possibility that, if necessary, the guard would be federalized and brought under the control of the White House.

Then-Gov. Fife Symington, a strong states’ rights supporter [sic], led a convoy of unarmed troops to the park’s gate.

In fact, Gov. Symington was accompanied by the Speaker of the Arizona House, fifty unarmed National Guard troops, twenty-five state Park Department employees, and many other concerned citizens.

When his group arrived, Symington beat on the park gates in front of the gathered news media. It made for great ‘optics.’

They were met there by the superintendent who negotiated for a partial reopening if the budget impasse continued, Symington recalled in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press.

The shutdown was briefly solved, but when the parks were again closed a month later, the state paid more than $17,000 a day to keep the road to Mather Point and the Grand Canyon Village open.

In fact, the US Department of Interior reopened the park under state supervision. And eventually the federal agency reimbursed Arizona the $370,020 the state donated to keep the Grand Canyon National Park open during the government shutdowns.

"I think they knew that we were serious: We were going to open the park if they shut it and kept it shut," said Symington, a Republican who battled the federal government on several fronts…

What a wicked man. And who is a governor to stand up to the federal government, anyway? Especially some crazy believer in ‘states rights.’

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 4th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Arizona Offers To Pay To Keep Grand Canyon Open”

  1. wirenut says:

    Have we become so dependent on government that we can’t look at a canyon in awe? Really?
    Even if you take away the ‘Smokey The Bear’ hat people, it’s still the Grand Canyon! It’s nice to know the garbage is removed, or how this wonder was formed. So without government, I just can’t stand at the edge in awe.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Brewer has a State Militia. Call them out, kick out the Feds and get back to work.

    The cheering will be deafening.

  3. yadayada says:

    “how is it even possible to close the face of a mountainside?”

    Nero is a god. he can do anything.

    how is it possible to close a giant hole in the ground? the only part they can close is a toll booth and gate on the roads leading in. go around them and look at the hole. I’d bet it’s still there.

    by the way, I’ve saw Mt. Rushmore once, in 2000. out the door porthole in a C-130 at 9000 ft. it was awesome !!

  4. Petronius says:

    So far Nerobama has not surrounded the Pisgah National Forest (512,758 acres) with his barry-cades.

    However, he has closed all of the facilities (visitor center, campgrounds, toilets, parking lots).

    Snarky pissant indeed.

    • Petronius says:


      Bruce O’Connell, owner of the Pisgah Inn, a privately owned and operated hotel that holds a concession on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is digging in and defying Nerobama’s orders to close.

      The Blue Ridge Parkway is still open, but Nerobama is closing all facilities.


      Thank God for the token! one lip is still free,
      One spirit untrammeled, unbending one knee!
      Like the oak of the mountain, deep-rooted and firm,
      Erect, when the multitude bends to the storm….
      – John Greenleaf Whittier “Ritner”

    • GetBackJack says:

      Padron, no Park can secure it’s borders. Since this Administration is dead set on not protecting borders, go anyway. If it’s good enough for illegal Mexicans it damn sure ought to be a good enough tactic for you and me.

      Is the Inn on LeConte open?

    • Petronius says:


      Nerobama sends armed park rangers to force shut down of Pisgah Inn.

      Patrol cars bar entrance to the Inn and rangers turn away lodgers.

      100 employees needlessly thrown out of work to satisfy Nerobama’s spite.


      The LeConte Lodge has also been closed.

      tyranny = having the sole power to decide whether one has the right to act or not act, unconstrained by the Constitution, the courts, the States, an opposition party, custom, or against the will or consent of the people.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Heh. The LeConte Lodge. Bet I can get I can get around armed Park Rangers.

  5. wirenut says:

    I also read in a local paper, where a couple saved for years to visit the American cemetary at Normandy.
    CLOSED! Their old enough to not make another trip. Shameful. A ‘Saving Private Ryan’ moment. Gone.

  6. mr_bill says:

    Hasn’t Gov. Brewer learned her lesson? Nothing happens without the blessing of MotherFather Government. What happens if we have more states taking matters into their own hands? It could deteriorate into a situation where people realize they don’t need MotherFather Government to do everything for them? This regime will not suffer the people to come to that realization…never.

    What might happen if the shutdown lasts 2 months, 6 months, 8 months…more? Could people get used to not having MotherFather Government wiping their butts all the time? It could be the end of the democrat party. We might just be spared the last 3 years of nerobama’s reign. (Although, I’m sure he would insist on another term…you know, as a do-over because of all those nasty “Teahadists”)

  7. captstubby says:

    and crickets from the media.
    maybe tar and feather a few editors may send a message?

  8. 47Rusty says:

    Um, you want the government closed, but you don’t like what happens when the government closes? Be careful of what you wish for. You just might get it.

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