Monument feeling impact of National Parks closure

The partial government shutdown's toll on National parks can be measured in a number of ways. In lost visitors, lost spending -- and lost revenue to the federal government. National estimates are 715,000 visitors a day, $76 Million per day in lost spending, plus another $450,000 a day in lost entrance fees and rentals.

And with the shutdown entering its 10th day, Scotts Bluff National Monument Superintendent Ken Mabery says it's hard to measure the exact impact, but he saw the consequences locally on the very first day. As they were closing down on October 1st, Mabery says he talked to three groups of people, two of which were international, who had saved for years to be able to afford to come to the United States hoping to visit a number of National Parks. The shutdown forced them to modify their plans.

Mabery says they do have two people on duty at the Monument, with a maintenance person and one law enforcement Ranger for security. Mabery was very complimentary to both the local community and to local law enforcement for helping to keep the Monument secure during the shutdown.

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