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Utah Gov. To Obama: Let Us Run National Parks

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U.S. Governors Association Executive Committee member Utah Gov. Gary Herbert talks to reporters after the committee met with President Barack Obama at the White House December 4, 2012 in Washington, DC.   (credit: Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images)

U.S. Governors Association Executive Committee member Utah Gov. Gary Herbert talks to reporters after the committee met with President Barack Obama at the White House December 4, 2012 in Washington, DC. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert is calling on President Barack Obama to let Utah operate the state’s five national parks.

Herbert made the request in a letter Tuesday by literally asking for the keys to open gates at the national parks. He calls unwarranted the government shutdown that left them closed. Herbert says it has devastated local business.

Herbert says October is a popular season at the redrock parks — Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion. Utah also is home to several national monuments and recreation areas.

Grand Canyon Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga has turned down similar requests from Arizona’s elected leaders.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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