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Rangers at Nat'l Monument hoping fiscal deadline can be reached

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Officials at the Scottsbluff National Monument are being forced to think about possible changes if the country 'goes over' the fiscal cliff.

Park Superintendent Ken Mabery says National Parks were forced to make contingency plans the last five years to deal with budget cuts and this time should be no different.

If congress isn't able to reach a deal, the National Park budget would lose almost 212 million.

In the last three years the parks budget has decreased by 7 % while the costs have risen 25 %.

Mabery says while it's not easy, they have to prepare for the worst.

"All the bureaus, park service included, need to try their best because we realize just along with the American public that things have to change.   That change can be very, very difficult because we are used to a high level of service," says Mabery. 

Mabery can't comment on their plan but he says they will have to wait and see what congress does before it's finalized.

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