December 21, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Lake Mead is back open for business after a government shutdown that park officials estimate cost nearby communities $9 million in visitor spending.
National Park Service officials say 170 furloughed employees were back on the job and working to open all public facilities on Thursday.
Private sightseeing companies including Lake Mead Cruises and Willow Beach Adventures planned to start tours again Friday.
The park service estimates the shutdown impacted 240,000 would-be Lake Mead visitors and lost the recreation area itself $160,000 in revenue.
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