After protests earlier in the week by local residents, the Grand Canyon National Park has been reopened! Governor Jan Brewer along with Tusayan Mayor Greg Bryan and Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga were on hand to welcome the public back to this National Treasure! Mayor Greg Bryan presented the Governor with a check in the amount of $426,500 on behalf of the Town of Tusayan and the local businesses. Superintendent Dave Uberuaga welcomed everyone back to cheers from the crowd. Governor Brewer answered several questions, among them "Are you expecting to be receiving a reimbursement check from the Federal Government?" to which the Governor responded with a resounding "No." Gov. Brewer kept the finger pointing to a minimum, requesting that the Federal Government as a whole get their act together. Among the questions not asked which should be answered is "If the State government and the Town of Tusayan and her businesses are footing the bill for the park to be reopened, who is receiving the profits from the Concessioner Contracts with Xanterra, the sole operator of hotels and concessions within the park?" Perhaps this and other unasked questions will be answered in the coming days.
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