Posted: Oct 11, 2013 4:54 PM by Brian White
PHOENIX - Arizona has reached a deal with the Interior Department to pay for Grand Canyon National Park to reopen using state funds during the federal government shutdown.
The deal confirmed Friday by a spokesman for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer means the park should reopen Saturday.
Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said the state will pay less than the $112,000 a day sought by the Interior Department.
Brewer had wanted to only partially reopen the park, but the deal includes the entire park.
The park closed on Oct. 1 for only the second time since it was made a national park in 1919.
About 2,200 federal and private employees were furloughed, river rafting trips canceled, and campgrounds, hotels and hiking trails closed.
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