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Hope, skepticism linger about parks reopening

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says the state will not pick up the tab to reopen Glacier National Park during the federal government shutdown.

The Democrat told Lee Newspapers of Montana on Thursday that it's long past time for Congress to end "this reckless and job-killing shutdown."

NBC affiliate KCWY near Yellowstone National Park reported that business owners in a nearby Cooke City, Mont. said they lost about 80 percent of the October business because of the shutdown.  

"It's a ghost town," said Cooke City visitor Bill Anderson.

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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