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Utah National Parks to reopen despite shutdown

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 01:01

Oct. 11 - Utah Governor Gary Herbert strikes a deal to reopen five national parks in the state for the next 10 days. Linda So reports.

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It's official. Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed off on a deal to reopen the state's five national parks despite the government shutdown. Welcome news for small tourist towns like Springdale that have been hit hard by the closures. The mayor says businesses have suffered. SOUNDBITE: SPRINGDALE'S MAYOR PAT CLUFF SAYING: "People who have had reservations have cancelled those. And we don't know if they've decided to go some place else." Under the deal, the governor will use state money to pay workers from the National Park Service to keep parks open for the next 10 days starting on Saturday. SOUNDBITE: UTAH GOVERNOR GARY HERBERT SAYING: "I'm just ecstatic that we're able to do this and the people of Southern Utah, the bed and breakfasts, the small restaurants, the people who really make their livelihood on tourism travel, this is a godsend to them. They've been decimated because of this." Tourist companies say their phones are ringing off the hook. Come Saturday, the buses and crowds will be back. SOUNDBITE: TODD WEBER OF HIGH POINT TOURS SAYING: "I've been on the phone more in the last week than in my entire life." October is one of the busiest times of the year for national parks in Utah.

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Utah National Parks to reopen despite shutdown

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 01:01