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Local officials have protested the decision to close Rim Country campgrounds including Christopher Creek, Houston Mesa, Ponderosa and Sharp Creek, noting almost all operate on private money with non-federal employees.

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Battered Rim Country economy takes another hit

Federal shutdown extended to privately run campgrounds

The federal shutdown this week spread to virtually all of the campgrounds in Rim Country at the worst possible time of the year. Talks between the White House and Congress Thursday revived hopes that the shutdown will end soon. Senate Republicans were expected to meet with the White House today. The issue now involves both the government shutdown and a deal to raise the limit on the debt.

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