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Contributions allow park facilities to open

Apr 26, 2013 - The Associated Press

MOOSE -- Two facilities in Grand Teton National Park that would have remained closed this year due to federal budget cuts will open up after all.

Park officials say the Grand Teton Association has agreed to help finance operations at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center. The visitor center was set to remain closed under the budget cuts that took effect March 1.

The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve also was set to stay closed, but Jackson Hole Preserve, Inc., is pitching in there. Jackson Hole Preserve, Inc., holds an endowment for the Rockefeller Preserve.

Park officials say both facilities will have a shortened season that will begin June 1 and will operate under shortened hours.

Park campgrounds will open up over the next month, starting with the Gros Ventre Campground on May 3.

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