N.M. national parks, monuments reopen

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Shuttle buses will be running again Friday at Bandelier National Monument.

Monument spokeswoman Chris Judson says visitors began showing up at the site near Los Alamos around noon Thursday but it would take some time to be fully operational.

Around New Mexico, visitors slowly were trickling in to the 11 national parks or monuments after they were barricaded during a partial government shutdown.

About 30 people visited Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument near Silver City by late Thursday afternoon.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that some vandalism occurred at Carlsbad Caverns National Park with obscenities written on a "closed" park sign.

Some Western governors used state money to reopen national parks during the shutdown. Gov. Susana Martinez did not, saying it was the federal government's responsibility to keep them running.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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