Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer answers reporters’ questions during a news conference following the 30th annual Border Governors Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

October 16, 2013

AZ Business Magazine

Will Brewer keep the Grand Canyon open?

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer must decide Wednesday whether to send more money to keep the Grand Canyon National Park open.

The agreement Brewer struck last week with the National Park Service to pay to keep the park open expires Friday night. The deal requires Brewer to give the park two days’ notice if she wants it to remain open.

Arizona is paying $93,000 a day to keep the canyon open during the government shutdown.

Businesses that rely on the canyon for tourist dollars were hurt during the 11 day closure that ended Saturday morning. Brewer is using money from the state Office of Tourism, the town of Tusayan and businesses to pay for park operations.