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Grand Canyon launches closed; rafters shattered

A group of Spokane rafters relaxes in the calm between major rapids during their June 2011 float down the Grand Canyon portion of the Colorado River.  (Penny Stauffer Schwyn)
A group of Spokane rafters relaxes in the calm between major rapids during their June 2011 float down the Grand Canyon portion of the Colorado River. (Penny Stauffer Schwyn)

NATIONAL PARKS -- They waited years to draw a permit and planned for months for their big float down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon -- one of the greatest whitewater trips in the world.

But because of the shutdown of the federal government, Grand Canyon rafters are being turned away and told they can't use their coveted launch permits.




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