Government shutdown ruins vacations, hurts local economies

Government shutdown ruins vacations, hurts local economies

 

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Stop at a cafe in the remote stretches of northern Arizona and southern Utah in the fall, and you’re likely to hear a mix of languages as tourists from around the world step into the iconic western landscape, marked by breathtaking canyons and massive rock formations.

Millions of visitors tour the region each year for what can be once-in-a-lifetime vacations.

Those visitors didn’t stop with the government shutdown, which forced officials to close down roads, campgrounds and tourist centers at national parks dotting the landscape.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has offered to use state money to keep the Grand Canyon open, and several businesses made similar pledges — all of which have been politely rejected by the national park. Continue reading “Government shutdown ruins vacations, hurts local economies”

Interior Announces Summer Jobs Program, Cancels Park Police Furloughs

Interior Announces Summer Jobs Program, Cancels Park Police Furloughs

National Park Service in March said that sequestration would force service reductions to many popular tourist attractions, including Utah's Arches National Park.
National Park Service in March said that sequestration would force service reductions to many popular tourist attractions, including Utah’s Arches National Park. Wikipedia Commons User Gridge

This story has been updated.

The Interior Department has launched a program to provide jobs for 17,000 young people at locations on the country’s public lands, in national parks and at wildlife reserves, as the National Park Service announced it was canceling remaining furloughs for U.S. Park Police.

The new jobs program has nearly $4.2 million — mostly from grant funding — to support thousands of employment and mentoring opportunities for young people.  The federal government will be working with local governments and private companies to help leverage opportunities and support the next generation of environmentalists. Through the program, Interior also hopes to create a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, as outlined by President Obama. Continue reading “Interior Announces Summer Jobs Program, Cancels Park Police Furloughs”