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  • Nixon looking for way to reopen sites

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  • The administration of Gov. Jay Nixon is putting together plans to reopen National Park Service facilities in the state.
    Those facilities, including the Truman Home in Independence, have been closed since the partial shutdown of the federal government began Oct. 1.
    The governor’s office, in a statement late Friday, mentioned the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park “and other federal assets” but not the Truman Home specifically. The governor’s office did not respond to requests for follow-up information.
    The Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, including the home, is among six National Park Service facilities in the state. It also includes the Truman Farm Home in Grandview and, across the street from the Truman Home, the Noland Home. Both the Farm Home and the Noland Home have been closed since spring due to previous federal budget cuts.
    The Truman Library in Independence also has been closed since Oct. 1. It’s administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.
    The Arch is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, and it’s a major tourist attraction. Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park in southern Missouri includes the Current and Jacks Fork rivers in the area that includes Salem, Eminence and Van Buren, Mo. The rivers are open, but canoeists are advised that they cannot stop on federal land and that fewer rangers are on duty to help if any emergency arises.
    Other states are stepping up to reopen federal parks, too. Colorado is paying to reopen Rocky Mountain National Park, and Utah is paying to reopen five national parks.
    The other National Park Service sites in Missouri are:
    • Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield near Springfield. Wilson’s Creek was a crucial battle in western theater of the Civil War.
    • The Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in the St. Louis are.
    • George Washington Carver National Monument near Diamond, Mo., in southwest Missouri.

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