The governors of Washington, Oregon and Idaho say they have no plans to reopen national parks and monuments using state dollars. President Obama has given states that option as the federal government shutdown stretches into day 11 and beyond.
Utah immediately took the president up on his offer. A $1.6 million check to the federal treasury allows the Beehive State to reopen several economically important national parks and monuments.
But here in the Northwest, tourist magnets like Mount Rainier, Crater Lake and Craters of the Moon remain closed.