NM not offering aid to reopen federal parks

Posted at: 10/04/2013 9:23 AM
Updated at: 10/04/2013 9:35 AM
By: The Associated Press





SANTA FE (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez's administration isn't considering offering state money to try to reopen popular tourism stops in the national park system closed because of the federal government shutdown.
    
Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said in a statement that national parks are a federal responsibility and the failure "to perform even basic functions like funding government operations is a sign of the terrible dysfunction and inability to work together in Washington."
    
Federal officials have turned down offers from the governors of South Dakota and Arizona for state assistance to operate Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon.
    
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Monument and Bandelier National Monument are among the tourist destinations in New Mexico that are part of the national park system.

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