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Monument benefits well documented: Designation a great opportunity for local business

By Russell Larcher and Duane Mosley For the Las Cruces Bulletin As of late, there has been much discussion over designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) a national monument. One of the most recognizable vistas from our community is of our beloved Organ Mountains. By exploring the mountains, as well as areas to the westREAD MORE

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Monument will protect areas for generations

By Jennifer Romero, Guest columnist 10/27/2013 Living in the same community for your entire life, it is easy to take it for granted. Part of your daily activities does not usually involve thinking about the uniqueness of the desert environment. As a native New Mexican, I fell into this mindset quite often until I becameREAD MORE

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Clergy show support for proposed national monument in Dona Ana County

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – 4:45pm KTSM News LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Clergy from various religions showed their support for the proposed Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument in Dona Ana County Tuesday afternoon. 30 clergy from 12 denominations will sign a letter to President Obama supporting action to designate about 600,000 acres of historic landREAD MORE

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The Hispanic legacy to protect our land and water

By Michael Casaus, Guest columnist 10/08/2013 Las Cruces Sun-News Autumn is upon us, the weather is cooling off and the smell of roasting green chile is in the air. This is an important time to reflect upon two aspects of our state that make us unique: our diverse wealth of public lands and our centuriesREAD MORE

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Grasslands need to be protected

By Carol Beidleman / Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon New Mexico September 25, 2013 Over the last few years, as stakeholders in southern New Mexico and beyond have added their voices to the discussion over how best to manage public lands around Las Cruces, we’ve heard about the value of protected wild land as aREAD MORE

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Monument would benefit Mesilla Valley

By Carrie Hamblen / Executive Director, Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce Sep 19, 2013 BBC Research & Consulting, an independent economic research firm, recently released a report examining the economic impacts of a potential new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. The details of this report make the case that supporting efforts to create thisREAD MORE

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Saving Sacred Sites: What’s Next on the Hit List?

Rafael Gomez Jr. and Deborah Gangloff September 17, 2013 http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/09/17/saving-sacred-sites-whats-next-hit-listOn Sunday, September 21, we celebrate the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s designation of Chimney Rock National Monument, which gave this sacred place the national recognition it deserves. Chimney Rock has strong local, tribal and small business support, as well as bipartisan,READ MORE

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National LULAC’s unified voice supports Organ Mountains monument

Las Cruces Sun-News By Ralph Arellanes 09/09/2013 National LULAC’s unified voice supports Organ Mountains monument According to press reports, when White House Chief Domestic Policy Advisor Cecilia Muñoz first got to Washington, D.C. 25 years ago, her job was “Latinos 101 — ‘here’s who we are, etc.’” Today, I hope she counts among her manyREAD MORE

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Green Chamber reports national monument would be worth millions to the economy

LC Sun News By Brook Stockberger 08/26/2013 MESILLA >> Proponents of the creation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument on public lands in Doña Ana County have said that the designation of the about 500,000 acres would be a boon for the county’s economy. Now they feel they have some more ammunition for theirREAD MORE

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There’s gold in those peaks: National monument debate heats up

By Alta LeCompte Las Cruces Bulletin Two guys from Taos pulled into Las Cruces around 2 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, eager to share their story of parleying a national monument designation into sustainable profits and tax revenue. The occasion that brought them to the City of the Crosses was an all-day forum starting at 9READ MORE

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