Utah agencies, non-profit help fund Zion National Park during shutdown

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) Zion National Park is getting some help staying open through the government shutdown.

The City of St. George, roughly 40 miles away, says it, Washington County and two other groups are each writing a check for thousands of dollars, to fund basic services at the park through Saturday.

Basic services include trash removal, restroom maintenance, and a few rangers, but not much more.  

The reason the city is getting involved, it says is because Zion is in its backyard and residents and businesses both benefit.  

What happens if the shutdown lingers past Saturday? St. George Mayor Jon Pike says it’s on their radar.

“We will certainly revisit this, probably around mid-week. If there’s something more we really feel we need to do, then it’s possible we may continue and do something more.”

The city, the county and both the Utah Department of Tourism and the Zion National Park Forever Foundation are each contributing more than $7,300 to keep the park operating this week.

Last week, Congressmen Stewart, Bishop, and Curtis requested emergency action from the acting secretary of the interior, David Bernhardt, to resume normal operations at Utah’s five national parks.

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees on are on furlough or working without pay due to a partial government shutdown began on December 22.

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