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Grand Canyon to reopen Saturday under deal between Brewer and Interior Department (access required)

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The Grand Canyon will reopen Saturday under a deal struck by Gov. Jan Brewer with the U.S. Department of Interior. After huddling with department officials on a conference call Friday afternoon, Brewer announced the national park would be reopened in full on Saturday. The state will pay $651,000, or under $93,000 per day, to fund the park’s operations for at least the next week, using a mix of state dollars and other monies, some pledged by Tusayan Mayor Greg Bryan, where businesses have struggled with the lack of tourism business at the Canyon.

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Bigger stakes, smaller crowds (access required)

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As the national immigration debate rages, enthusiasm in Arizona fades.

Russell Pearce stood on the Senate lawn last Saturday, reciting the same anti-illegal immigration rhetoric that boosted him to national fame in 2010 with the passage of his SB1070. This time, the crowd around Pearce had become much smaller.

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