Grand Canyon hotels stay open under temp contract

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Grand Canyon officials say they'll award a temporary contract for services on the South Rim to avoid a shutdown of hotels, restaurants and mule rides.

The current contract held by Xanterra Parks & Resorts expires Dec. 31, and the company has reached its limit on extensions.

The lucrative contract is up for bid for a third time after the national park received no responsive bids. The new Nov. 19 deadline for bids won't allow enough time for a new contract to be implemented before Xanterra's ends.

Xanterra notified nearly 980 employees last week that they could be laid off if the company doesn't get a new contract.

Grand Canyon Superintendent Dave Uberuaga says a temporary contract will go to an undetermined company for up to a year.

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