Shutdown impacting businesses that rely on national park visitors

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 5:44 a.m.

    one votew
    I guess you did not read the story - typical

    the vets had planned this trip loooooooong in advance.

    the repubs aren't as adept at political stunts and chicanery as are the dems - they wouldn't have been able to organize this as a "publicity stunt"

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    The veterans at the memorial will prove to be a preset up publicity stunt. LEe and his supporters want to stop a future a purported future train wreck by blowing up bridges in front of the lawful train. His analogy. He also referred to not holding some programs hostage, admitting he is holding other hostages.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 6:37 a.m.

    Reasonable person
    Repubs voted to open the national parks, dems voted against opening the national parks, and the votes had NOTHING to do with obamacare. The real party of NO!!! does not want the government open

    The repubs have passed at least 4 bills intended to keep the government open, the dem senate won't touch them and BO has promised to veto them. It is harry and BO who are holding the economy hostage. BO's own spokesman even admitted it.

    White House press secretary Jay Carney said sharply that Obama "will not offer concessions to Republicans in exchange for not tanking the economy."

    Conservative scientist,
    There are many beautiful state parks still open. Snow Canyon, Kodachrome (sp??) Basin, Deadhorse Point, just to name a few.

  • Viva la Migra American Fork, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 5:29 p.m.

    Maybe Utah should exert some Pressure on Harry Reid to consider the bills just passed by the House which would restore funding to the NIH, National Parks, Veterans and D.C. It's his stubbornness which is preventing the resumption of services at these locations.

  • Swiss Price, Utah
    Oct. 2, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    Get the Parks out of Interior Department Control. If they were in Trusts they would be self supporting and the money they generate would go back into the Parks not to Washington Bureaucrat salaries.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    We were in Zion National Park on Monday hiking West Rim to the Grotto parking area and trail head for Angel's landing for 3 days. The hike was beautiful for the 3 days but was definitely absent people and a way to get from the Grotto parking area to the Zion Visitor's Center to pick up our car at the end of the hike, which is over 9 miles away. The Park only had security around. The bathrooms at the Grotto area along with all trail head and Visitor's Center were locked up which would have been nice after 3 days on the trail to have access to. The 100s of cars we saw with tourists were roaming along highway 9 to find a spot to even take pictures but all pull offs were cordoned or blocked off so the poor tourists couldn't even take pictures of anything. The road to the lodge was even blocked off and patrolled by the Park Security personnel. One worker at the park told me it would be a $700 fine if she tried to take a hike during the shutdown. Usually, there are 100s at Angel's landing.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    Deseret News, you have published articles in the past about places to go for Spring/Fall break. Could you please publish one or more articles within the next few days telling us some of the major attractions (especially hikes to see beautiful areas - what many of us would be doing inside the national parks were they open) that would be open while the government is shut down and we can't go to National Parks. Especially things in the popular areas such as around Moab, Torrey, Springdale, and other spots of interest. It would be greatly appreciated.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    Thanks Mike Lee! Thanks for holding our economy hostage because your political party can't seem to get enough people elected to actually do what you want through proper legislative processes.

    Instead you try to slip your agenda in the back door while holding the entire government hostage. Maybe if Republicans would stop letting the extremists hijack their party they could actually get enough people elected to repeal Obamacare without playing chicken with our economy.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    There is more guards keeping people out of any one park trying to score political points for Obama than there were guards in Benghazi!

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:26 p.m.

    Of course this huts business!
    All you anti-government Utahns: who did you vote for, and why?
    Or, do you just automatically push "straight party (R)" and run out the door?

    You want to privatize our national parks and public lands?
    That will cost Utah more jobs in the tourism industry, than is imaginable.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    How many Uerkle looking guards does it take to block 80 year old men from visiting national memorials? One!

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:08 p.m.

    More guards are blocking the WW2 vets today from visiting the Memorials to honor them than were at Benghazi!