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Mount Rushmore to reopen amid fed shutdown

Grand Canyon (Source: CBS 5 News) Grand Canyon (Source: CBS 5 News)
WASHINGTON (AP/CBS5) -

The state of South Dakota and several corporate donors have worked out a deal with the National Park Service to reopen Mount Rushmore during the government shutdown.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says it will cost $15,200 a day to pay the federal government to run the landmark tourist attraction in the Black Hills.

He says he wired four days' worth of the donations on Friday, so the memorial will reopen Monday.

Daugaard earlier offered to use state employees to keep Mount Rushmore open, but the federal government only offered to let the state pay for having federal employees go back to work at the mountain carving of four presidents.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is open to paying for a partial reopening of the Grand Canyon but is rejecting the Interior Department's insistence that state money pay for the whole operation to reopen.

On Friday, the National Park Service announced that it has reached an agreement with Utah that will allow eight national parks in the state to reopen and temporarily operate during the government shutdown.

In the agreement, Utah donates $1,665,720.80 to the National Park Service to pay National Park Service employees to reopen and manage the eight national parks for 10 days, running from Friday, Oct. 11 through Oct. 20.

The National Park Service also reached an agreement with Colorado on Friday to allow Rocky Mountain National Park to re-open. The cost for the 10-days of funding is $362,700, according to the Interior Department.

Governors from Montana (Glacier National Park) and Wyoming (Yellowstone and Grant Teton national parks) said they would not pay to have their respective parks reopened.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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