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AZ governor to keep Grand Canyon open

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. (Source: CBS 5 News) Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. (Source: CBS 5 News)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday said the state will continue to fund Grand Canyon National Park to keep it open during the federal government shutdown.

Brewer's announcement came about the same time as a deal that could end the shutdown was announced in the U.S. Senate.

"Grand Canyon's importance to Arizona's tourism industry and overall economy cannot be ignored," Brewer said.

"While I am pleased the state is able to ensure the Canyon remains open during this critical season, it is well past time for the federal government to end this shutdown and pay its bills," she said. "We are doing our job. It's time the president and Congress do theirs."

Brewer's office announced the funding to keep the park open through Oct. 27.

Brewer and the National Park Service last Friday reached an agreement to keep the park open, but that agreement expires Friday night.

The deal required Brewer to give the park two days' notice if she wants it to remain open.

Arizona is paying $93,000 a day to keep the canyon open during the government shutdown.

The town of Tusayan had pledged $200,000 to help keep the popular park back open.

The 11-day government closure hit businesses that rely on the canyon for tourism hard before the park reopened Saturday morning. Brewer was using money from the state Office of Tourism, the town of Tusayan and businesses to pay for park operations.

The governor's office says that extra cash could either help the state's tourism office or keep the park open for a few more days.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.