Today, local residents of Tusayan, Arizona (just outside the South Rim of the Grand Canyon), protested the closure of the parks and the denial of private funds to keep a few view points open. Several park officials were present including Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent David Uberuaga and Park Spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge. The town of Tusayan and local business have pledged over $400,000 to keep a few viewpoints open to the public and international guests. Most businesses are suffering greatly during the shutdown as the town relies solely on the Grand Canyon National Park and her tourists to survive. Local law enforcement and National Park Service were present and the protest was peaceful.
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