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Grand Canyon Railway train conductor Bernie Hiemenz prepares to board a passengerless train headed to the South Rim to collect passengers still at the Canyon. Ryan Williams/WGCN

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Shutdown hits Grand Canyon tourist industry hard

Local businesses say congressional gridlock couldn't have come at a worse time

After congress failed to pass a budget bill or appropriation bill Oct. 1 forcing a government shutdown, all national parks, including Grand Canyon are closed, leaving many local businesses scrambling to cut their losses.