National Park Service http://kuer.org en Parks, Communities Lost Millions During Shutdown http://kuer.org/post/parks-communities-lost-millions-during-shutdown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Interior Department issues a report every year on the economic benefit of national parks.&nbsp; This year, that was complicated by the government shutdown that closed the parks for 16 days in October.</span></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/docs/Economic2013ShutdownReport_Final_nrss_VSE.pdf">report from the National Park Service</a> estimates parks and gateway communities lost more than 400-million dollars in visitor spending during the 16-day government shutdown.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:36:09 +0000 Dan Bammes 42858 at http://kuer.org Parks, Communities Lost Millions During Shutdown Government Shutdown Would Close Utah's National Parks http://kuer.org/post/government-shutdown-would-close-utahs-national-parks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the clock ticks down on a possible shutdown of the federal government, Utah&rsquo;s tourist industry is already hearing from worried visitors. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Visitors to Utah&rsquo;s five national parks could encounter locked gates if the government shuts down because Congress can&rsquo;t agree on a funding bill.&nbsp; Marian DeLay, the head of the Moab Travel Council, says foreign tourists in particular are telling Moab businesses they don&rsquo;t want to get to Utah and find the parks closed.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:23:24 +0000 Dan Bammes 36117 at http://kuer.org Government Shutdown Would Close Utah's National Parks