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Utah’s (Rep) Gov Re-Opens Its Five National Parks

From CNN:

Utah’s national parks will reopen despite ongoing government shutdown

By Lesile Bentz | October 11, 2013

(CNN) — Leaders in Utah say they found a way to get around the government shutdown. Utah will reopen its five national parks by Saturday, as well as three other nationally run locations.

Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert made the announcement Thursday, saying a deal had been reached with the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

CNN can’t bring themselves to mention that Gov. Herbert is a Republican.

"Utah agrees to pay the National Park Service (NPS) up to $1.67 million— $166,572 per day—to re-open eight national sites in Utah for up to 10 days. If the federal government shutdown ends before then, the State will receive a refund of unused monies" an official press statement explained.

The deal would reopen Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks. The other three locations that will be opened are Natural Bridges and Cedar Breaks national monuments, as well as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

"Utah’s national parks are the backbone of many rural economies and hard-working Utahns are paying a heavy price for this shutdown," Herbert said in the released statement…

But that was the whole idea.

October is an especially profitable month for Utah’s national parks, since optimal weather attracts a high volume of tourists. Typically, officials estimate a $100 million yield for the month, so the parks’ closures would have had an especially high impact on the state.

The Department of the Interior is now awaiting a transfer of funds from Utah, at which point it will notify "site-specific" personnel to return to work. The process of opening the parks after receiving the money should take some time, but in a statement from the governor’s office, the state anticipates all sites should be "fully operational by Saturday"…

Among the many positive lessons of the government shutdown is that governors and maybe even some regular citizens might actually learn the value of  that quaint old concept of ‘states rights.’

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Utah’s (Rep) Gov Re-Opens Its Five National Parks”

  1. yadayada says:

    simple math says that if they make $100 mil in that month alone, they should be willing to kick the feds out for the rest of the month. that’s only $5 mil. for the next 3 weeks. vs. $100 mil? pretty good return on investment.

    and do they actually employ enough park rangers that it avgs out to $20k /park/day ?!?!?!

  2. BillK says:

    What I’d like to see is the states take permanent control of those parks; something tells me were they allowed to keep all entrance fee revenues they could do a better job running them for much less than the Feds.

  3. Mithrandir says:


    The whole point of it is to make get people’s attention, make them feel pain and misery. You NEED the government! Don’t get any funny ideas that you can exist without Washington being in your face 24 hours a day, regulating your lives, grabbing headlines!

    It’s Saul Alinsky-type stuff on display here. Shut down the National Mall, shut down White House tours, shut down airports, shut down things people like. And as usual, democrat voters are never harmed by any of it.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      I’m convinced that president ears and his wife the moocher shut down the White House tours because they hate the American public, and didn’t want all those nosey, stinking, bitter clingers walking around in their house.

      This tyrant deserves to have his neck stretched like Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti, and his wife should have the same fate as Marie Antoinette.

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