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Some National Parks Reopening in Deal with States

WASHINGTON, DC -- On this Columbus Day the partial government shutdown has forced national parks across the country to close. But, a number of them are re-opening this holiday thanks to the efforts of state governments.
WASHINGTON, DC -- On this Columbus Day the partial government shutdown has forced national parks across the country to close.  But, a number of them are re-opening this holiday thanks to the efforts of state governments.

State lawmakers have agreed to pay the National Park Service to keep parks open that have lost thousands of dollars because of the shutdown.

Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota re-opens today.
State lawmakers and private partners have agreed to pay the 15,000 dollars a day it costs to keep the tourist destination running.
It's the latest National Memorial to welcome back visitors amid a government shutdown that's entering its third week.

" We have reopened the Grand Canyon," said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

The State of Arizona sent the National Park Service $650,000 so visitors can enjoy the Grand Canyon for one week.
Rangers estimate the park alone has lost more than a million dollars a day because of the shutdown.

In New York - ferries started carrying tourist back to the Statue of Liberty Sunday morning.

"I'm super excited because we wanted to see it for such a long time...and now we're finally here," says Kristin Louw, a tourist from South Africa.

At a price tag of about $61,000 per day - the iconic symbol will be open to the public  through at least Thursday.
Surrounding businesses that rely heavily on tourist - are pleased with the decision..

"Business is bad when the statue closes down. Basically everything closes," says Gregory Brown, a vendor near the statue.

Until the Government is open, some states will continue to pay the bill, hopeful that the federal government will pay them back later.

A spokesman for the National Park Service said it continues to call on Congress to act swiftly so that it can re-open all 401 national parks.

(Jericka Duncan, CBS News)

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