With the threat of so many tourist dollars being lost in the wake of National Park closures during the government shut down, governors have been given permission to reopen attractions like Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and Zion or Arches in Utah using their own money.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has said his state has resources that could be used to operate the parks, and the Obama administration has agreed to the plan. Governors of South Dakota, Arizona and Colorado have made similar requests, according to the AP.
(READ the AP story from the Indiana Republic)