Associated Press, Published March 28 2013
Painted Canyon overlook in ND to stay closedBISMARCK — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says he's working with Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to find a way to keep the popular Painted Canyon scenic overlook area in southwestern North Dakota open this year.
Officials at Theodore Roosevelt National Park have decided not to open the overlook along Interstate 94 in April because of the automatic federal spending cuts that took effect March 1.
Nearly 300,000 vehicles stopped at the overlook just east of Medora last year. It features parking, restrooms, a visitor center and a view of the North Dakota Badlands.
Park spokeswoman Eileen Andes says it costs about $40,000 to run the overlook.
Hoeven says tourism is one of North Dakota's biggest industries, and the Park Service needs to find a way to keep the overlook open.
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