Economic strains felt locally from government shutdown

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) As politicians continue to battle it out on Capitol Hill, Grand Junction shops and services are stuck in a bit of a holding pattern.

With the Monument closed, out-of-towners are being forced to find other things to do, pulling potential customers out of surrounding businesses.

But while the shutdown has put up physical barriers to the Monument, many businesses who directly or indirectly benefit from it are doing their best to look on the bright side.

"The first day we had a lot of people that had to re-route so they came here because we're still open," says Cindy Wilkinson of Dinosaur Journey Museum. "Surprise, surprise, we are a museum and we're still open!"

The Museum has even become the temporary home for the Colorado National Monument Association's store, which is normally located in the monument's visitors center.

"This time of the year in October is still well traveled," says Cherry Odelberg of the Colorado National Monument Association. "We're losing this two weeks in before things start winding down."

But officials with the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau say not all of those tourists have been lost, and they have created a list of their top ten alternative travel ideas for the area.

Despite their best efforts, the reality is that until the shutdown is over many of our local businesses are going to continue to feel the strain.

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