It looks like the feds can take that giant tarp off of the Grand Canyon. Gov. Jan Brewer, who had proposed using state funds to keep the site open during the government shutdown, is announcing tonight that the Grand Canyon will be open tomorrow. That follows similar announcements by the governors of Utah and South Dakota.
— Mary Jo Pitzl (@maryjpitzl) October 11, 2013
@GovBrewer You are awesome! Friends and family are coming to AZ from out of state next week specifically for the canyon. Thank you!
— Brent Rosencrans (@bjackrose) October 11, 2013
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) October 11, 2013
— Arizona Scenic Tours (@AzScenicTours) October 11, 2013
Arizona Central reports that the state will pony up $651,000 to keep park open for one week.
The money will come from a mix of state and “other” dollars, Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said, including funds contributed by Tusayan businesses.
The announcement came after an afternoon conference call to iron out the details, and after the Interior Department had reached similar re-opening agreements with Utah and Colorado.