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Tourists walk along Route 66 in downtown Williams last week. While some local businesses reported cancellations after the government shutdown caused the closure of Grand Canyon National Park, others, including Bearizona, saw an immediate uptick in business. Ryan Williams/WGCN

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Shutdown causes tourism woes in Williams

Local businesses find timing of government shutdown terrible for October tourism homestretch

Tourism sustains the economy in Williams, and October is usually the last major month for visitors before the winter lull.But with the federal government shutdown preventing tourists from visiting the Grand Canyon, several local businesses are feeling the sting.