Gov. Brewer to keep Grand Canyon open through Oct. 27
Gov. Jan Brewer at the Grand Canyon (file)
By BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will use state money to keep the Grand Canyon National Park open an additional nine days.
The governor's office announced the decision Wednesday to keep the park open through Oct. 27 if the federal government remains shut down.
The decision came as Brewer faced a deadline that was part of an agreement she struck with the federal government last week to reopen the park. The deal required Brewer to give the park two days' notice if she wants it to remain open, which meant she needed to decide Wednesday.
Arizona is paying $93,000 a day to keep the canyon open during the government shutdown.
Businesses that rely on the canyon for tourist dollars were hurt during the 11 day closure that ended Saturday.