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Hoeven Works To Keep Painted Canyon Open

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Senator 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 open.

Officials at Theodore Roosevelt National Park decided not to open the overlook in April because of the automatic federal spending cuts.

Senator Hoeven says for visitors who can't stop at Theodore Roosevelt National park, they can stop at the overlook and experience the beauty of the badlands.

Hoeven says he's working with multiple agencies to make sure the overlook is open this summer.

"We're going to work with the Dickinson convention and visitors bureau, we're going to work with Theodore Roosevelt Foundation, the Medora foundation, all kinds of volunteers, I've talked to the mayor of Medora and then we'll work with the state with Highway Patrol with tourism and I know we can get more than enough volunteers to make sure that we have adequate staffing," Senator John Hoeven said.

Park spokeswoman Eileen Andes says it costs about $40,000 to run the overlook.

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