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Old 10-05-2013   #121
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Originally Posted by restrac2000 View Post
Yeah, I wish the Supers at some these parks would generally take greater risks in supporting the various stakeholders and user groups. That said, can you imagine working your entire life for a career and being asked to risk it largely for a problem you had no say in? .......
The Sups are mostly on your side.

There are unverified statements from NP employees that they have been instructed to make this as uncomfortable for users as possible.

This seems to be backed by the way Parks are being administered currently.

I understand why one would not want to be quoted. Tough job market.


One may wish to blame both parties for this mess.

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Old 10-05-2013   #122
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GCPBA RiverNews 10-5-13 - Stay Tuned: GCNP To Make Announcement Soon Concerning Status of Already Permitted River Trips Currently Unable To Launch

In a Saturday conversation with GCNP Superintendent David Uberuaga and GCNP River District Ranger Brian Bloom GCPBA learned today the Park intends to make a public statement early next week concerning the status of river trips at the Ferry currently unable to launch due to the shutdown of the Federal government.

There is no provision being considered to launch river trips before the shutdown comes to an end.

The Superintendent and Ranger Bloom have spoken with both GCPBA and the commercial outfitters seeking a fair solution as to how best accommodate river runners currently unable to launch, or who may be unable to launch later due to the continuing shutdown.

River runners are not alone in their Grand Canyon distress. Supt. Uberuaga reported that there are more than 2,000 NPS and concessions employees at the South Rim currently out of work.

People holding river permits will be contacted directly by the NPS outlining a series of options permit holders will have to resolve the unfortunate consequences of the shutdown.

GCPBA thanks very much the Superintendent and Ranger Bloom for working with us in their efforts to craft a fair solution to a difficult problem and for reaching out to the river community, both non-commercial and commercial. Thanks very much to the river outfitters for their cooperation in working for a solution.

When exact details become available, we'll report on the Park's proposed solution.

For GCPBA: Richard "Ricardo" Martin and the GCPBA news staff

GCPBA Newswire and RiverNewsNotes are a service of Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association - the leading voice for non-commercial Canyon river runners since 1996 - www.gcpba.org

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Old 10-06-2013   #123
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From Arizona Daily Star Newpaper

October 05, 2013
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer asked President Obama late Friday to let Grand Canyon National Park reopen with private and state money during the federal government shutdown, saying there’s precedent for the move.

The governor’s request came one day after Dave Uberuaga, the Grand Canyon superintendent, said neither he nor his agency would consider opening all or part of the park with state or private dollars.

Uberuaga said it is unacceptable to open just one park while others remain closed. Beyond that, he said running parks is a “core operation that can only be funded by federal appropriation.”

But Brewer, in her letter to Obama, said that’s not true. She pointed to the fact that the Department of Interior agreed in 1995 to accept $17,000 a day from the state to keep open part of the park during that year’s 21-day federal shutdown.

And Brewer told the president he does not even need to look back that far.

“In March of this year, the National Park Service granted Cape Cod National Seashore the authority to accept private dollars to prevent closures related to the sequester,” Brewer wrote, referring to the across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in earlier this year after the president and Congress could not agree on different cuts.
This is a turnaround for the Governor from a week ago.

I posted for that and also some more detailed history during closures.


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