Southern Utah counties ask for emergency help from state

Oct 14, 2013

Garfield and other Southern Utah counties passed resolutions asking for emergency actions Monday.

The counties have petitioned Gov. Herbert to declare a local state of emergency due to the economic disturbance created by the government shutdown of national parks, monuments and recreation areas.

Tourism is responsible for 70 percent of the economy in Garfield county and 90 percent of the land is federally managed. With all or part of three national parks, a national monument and a national recreation area within Garfield County, the economic impact has been devastating to local businesses.

Petitions were also issued by Iron, Washington, Kane, Grand and Paiute counties, as well as Coconino and Mohave counties in Arizona.