Posted: Oct 16, 2013 8:51 PM by John Sherer - KBZK News
BOZEMAN - Earlier on Wednesday evening, Senator Baucus released a statement welcoming the deal to end the government shutdown, just hours before the default deadline.
Through the last 16 days that the government has been in a partial shutdown, Montana's national parks and surrounding communities have been hit hard by the loss of revenue as parks were closed.
Tourists from across the nation and some from other parts of the world were turned away by helpless Park Rangers.
Now with the Senate passing a deal and a House vote expected soon, Montana's national parks are preparing to throw their gates wide open to the public once again.
Yellowstone National Park spokesman, Al Nash says if funding is restored, the park is ready to reopen as quickly as is safely possible.
Nash says preparations are already underway for reopening but that those plans cannot be put into action until official word comes through Park Service channels in Washington.
Still, Nash says once the word goes out, the park will reopen in within hours, not days.