October 11, 2013 |

Bullock: Montana won't open national parks

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says the state will not pick up the tab to reopen Glacier National Park during the federal government shutdown.

Bullock said 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, while Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she'd consider paying for a partial reopening of Grand Canyon National Park.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's office said that state would not pay to reopen Yellowstone or Grand Teton national parks.

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