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Old 10-07-2013   #1
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I just copied it: FYI only

GCPBA RiverNews 10-7-13 - Grand Canyon National Park announces plan to
accommodate river permit holders once government re-opens

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The National Park Service at Grand Canyon
National Park announced today that all river permit holders who were
denied their scheduled launch due to the government shutdown will
receive a refund for permit fees.

River permit holders will also be entitled to reschedule for a
Colorado River trip with their choice of dates in 2013, 2014, 2015 or
2016. The permit holder will be required to submit their choices
within 60 days of the government reopening. No more than three
launches will be permitted in a day and the new trip must adhere to
the trip length of the chosen season.

Permittees who had launch dates three days prior to opening and
including opening day, may choose to get a refund for permit fees and
reschedule with the same parameters as outlined above or launch after
opening. The maximum number of launches will be adjusted to four per
day for the first two days after opening. After that, the maximum will
be three launches per day until the backlog has been cleared. River
permit holders with the current launch date will have priority to
launch on their scheduled date.

Commercial river companies that have scheduled launches during the
government shutdown will be able to carry over lost user days that
occurred under the government shutdown in the 2014 season. A user day
is equal to one passenger on the river over the period of one day.
Therefore, if a company was to launch with 10 passengers for 10 days,
they’ll be able to carry over 100 user days in the 2014 season.

Twenty-one private river launches and six commercial launches were
scheduled over the first two weeks in October.

“The Park worked closely with affected parties to develop this
plan, and I appreciate their understanding and support,” stated Park
Superintendent Dave Uberuaga.

Details will be sent to each river permit holder outlining the
options in the plan and any priority each may have.

The Park is also looking at options for other permit holders, and
will provide information on any options it may offer in the near


Public Affairs Office
Grand Canyon National Park
Public Affairs Officer Maureen Oltrogge

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Old 10-07-2013   #2
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Hmmm. Well, I give them props for trying to rectify a shitty situation. The group I know that got denied will likely still be upset because people are out of luck on travel costs etc....but a date of their choice over the next 3 years is kinda nice. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't make up for how badly they have been screwed by this entire situation, but at least they are trying to make concessions to those who got the short end of the stick.
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