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Nevada Won't Spend State Funds to Open Federal Parks

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Governor Brian Sandoval says Nevada's money will not be used to re-open national parks and other federal areas during the shutdown.

A spokeswoman for the governor said the Silver State already faces critical funding decisions.

The governor has warned dozens of programs like food stamps, unemployment insurance and aid to women, infants and children are at risk.

Nevada state parks remain open, but the state can not afford to pay for operations at federal parks right now.

Meanwhile, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says the state will not pick up the tab to reopen Glacier National Park during the federal government shutdown.
The Democrat told Lee Newspapers of Montana on Thursday that it's long past time for Congress to end "this reckless and job-killing shutdown."
Earlier Thursday, the Obama administration said it would allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks after a handful of governors made the request.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he reached an agreement to pay $166,000 a day to the Interior Department to open Utah's five national parks.

Colorado's governor has struck a deal with federal officials to reopen one of its national parks, becoming the second state to accept an offer to send money to the federal government to save lucrative tourist seasons.
Federal officials announced Friday that Colorado has agreed to pay about $360,000 to reopen Rocky Mountain National Park through Oct. 20.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's office said that state would not pay to reopen Yellowstone or Grand Teton national parks.

Arizona and New York have reached deals with the Interior Department to reopen Grand Canyon National Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument using state funds until the federal government reopens. 
A spokesman for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer confirmed the Grand Canyon deal late Friday afternoon, meaning the park should reopen Saturday. 
The governor had wanted to only partially reopen the park, but the deal includes the entire park. Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder says Arizona will pay less than the $112,000 a day the Interior Department wanted. 
Meanwhile, the National Park Service announced that it has entered into an agreement with the state of New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will pay $61,600 a day to fully fund National Park Service personnel and keep the Statue of Liberty open.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

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