Glacier park's main road to be plowed on schedule


WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road will be plowed on schedule because of funding from the Glacier National Park Conservancy.

Park officials had planned to delay the opening of the road, which bisects the park, due to automatic federal budget cuts.

But park officials said in statement Tuesday the money from the conservancy and salary savings from unexpected staff departures will allow it to avoid the delay.

The cuts reduced the park's base budget of $13.5 million by $682,000.

That means visitor centers and campgrounds will close earlier this season. Park officials also will delay hiring some permanent positions and eliminate or reduce the length of employment for some seasonal positions.

Park officials also have reduced travel, training, overtime, vehicle leases and supply and equipment purchases.

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