Ariz. seeks full refund for Grand Canyon reopening

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's senate and congressional delegation are calling for a full refund of money the state sent to reopen the Grand Canyon during the partial government shutdown last month.

The state paid the National Park Service $651,000 to keep the popular tourist destination open for a week. Federal lawmakers reached an agreement on the budget before those seven days were up.

A spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer says Arizona received a refund of $186,000 on Oct. 25. That money was divided between the state tourism office and the town of Tusayan.

The Arizona delegation sent a letter Wednesday to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis seeking reimbursement for the remaining $465,000.

Brewer had committed enough money to keep the Grand Canyon open for another nine days, but it wasn't needed.

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