SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah lawmakers have authorized the state to spend another $7,000,000 to keep Utah's national parks open through December 1 after the sites were temporarily shuttered due to a partial shutdown of the federal government.
The Senate and House unanimously approved the spending Wednesday evening, but it was unclear if the money would need to be used.
Congress appeared to be closing in on a deal late Wednesday to reopen the government.
Saying it's a $1,000,000 loss to the state, Utah Governor Gary Herbert Tuesday formally requested President Obama to re-open the state's five national parks, several national monuments, historic sites and recreation areas. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.
The federal government shutdown has closed Utah's five national parks during a busy season. One Park City resident who is a river guide in the Grand Canyon National Park is feeling those effects, along with expectant customers who've had trips planned for sometimes years. Lynn Ware Peek has more.