Big Bend National Park Still Closed 10/15/13
CBS 7 News
The senate has agreed on a deal to avoid default on the nationís debt and end the shutdown. What does this mean for many organizations in the area?
"We did lose large groups that decided with the park closed that they couldn't make it," says Greg Henington, Owner of Far Flung Outdoor Center, a company focused on letting visitors experience Big Bend National Park to itís fullest. "The fact that we could do our river rides somewhere else like big bend state park was good, but this never should have happened."
Henington says the company will spring back into national park as soon as it's opened. They've lost about $10,000/$15,000 with the park being closed and can't wait for it to be opened again.
Likewise, Gage Hotel says they've lost about fifty percent of the visitors planning to come visit the national park. National Park Acting Chief Ranger, Scott Taylor, says if the shutdown ends tonight, they will try to have the park open as early as tomorrow morning.
On the other end of the spectrum, big bend ranch state park says they've seen a three to four hundred percent increase in visitors for the month of October so far. State Park Superintendent, Barrett Durst, says, through it all, this shutdown may have been a blessing in disguise.
"Normally we get 50 calls a week, now we're getting 50 calls a day," says Durst.
As of right now, only the senate has agreed to the deal ending the shutdown. It is still in the process of going through the House.
October 15, 2013
Alpine Ė The Brewster County Commissioners are still waiting to open the Big Bend National Park. This morning, commissioners discussed the issue via phone with Brewster County attorney Gregg Hudson in a short executive session. After about a 30-minute discussion officials say commissioners took no action and will continue to wait for legal advice from Hudson.