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Report: “West is Best” – Protected Lands Boost NM Jobs and Incomes

Renee Blake, Public News Service-NM (12/14/12) LAS CRUCES, N.M. – It’s better in the West – the economy, that is. An in-depth study of Western job growth was presented yesterday (Thursday) in Las Cruces. It showed that from 2000 to 2011, New Mexico’s real personal income grew by 31 percent. Wayne Suggs is the co-founderREAD MORE

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New route through wilderness

By Walter Rubel, Las Cruces Sun-News October 27, 2012 The letter sent last week by Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall urging President Barack Obama to consider using his powers under the Antiquities Act to designate a national monument for the Organ Mountains and other areas in Doña Ana County could accelerate a process thatREAD MORE

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Senators ask president for 2 national monuments in NM

Las Cruces Sun-News 10/25/12 WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall asked President Obama to consider designating two special areas in New Mexico — already managed by the Bureau of Land Management — for National Monument status. The senators are the sponsors of legislation that would elevate these two places — the RioREAD MORE

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New Videos available

We’ve just posted some new Organ Mountains-Desert peaks videos to our multimedia page. Check them out now.

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Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument proposal wins support of El Paso City Council

Las Cruces Sun-News report October 2, 2012 EL PASO — The El Paso City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution supporting the creation of the historic Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. The designation would protect a variety of historic sites, including petroglyphs and pictographs, the Butterfield Stagecoach trail, the Apollo space mission training sites, theREAD MORE

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Tours take a peek at national monument: Supporters gather for a day full of outdoor explorations

By Todd G. Dickson, Las Cruces Bulletin September 21, 2012 David Chavez recently put in track lighting at his home and had a bare wall in need of something distinctly New Mexican. The director of the Las Esperanzas neighborhood association found it Saturday, Sept. 15, on the rock walls of the Valles Canyon in theREAD MORE

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As congressional efforts stall, N.M. locals take wilderness protection into their own hands

Jessica Estepa, E&E reporter July 31, 2012 With a 6-0 vote, the consensus among the city councilors of Las Cruces, N.M., was clear: Make the surrounding public lands into a national monument. “You got to see democracy in action today,” Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima said during the mid-July meeting on a resolution that urgesREAD MORE

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Clergy send letter in support of monument

Las Cruces Sun-News report April 27, 2012 LAS CRUCES — More than a dozen members of the clergy representing a broad diversity of faiths and congregations in Southern New Mexico sent a letter to President Obama on Friday urging him to support a national monument for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region. In the letter, clergyREAD MORE

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Monument would preserve land around Las Cruces

When most people around here think of a national monument, visions of White Sands immediately come to mind—a contiguous area with a unique landscapes that sets it apart from anything else in the state…

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Their View: Pearce’s Paltry Proposal on National Monument

In recent days, an already popular proposal to designate an Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monument has gained a handful of high-profile new supporters. Late last month, however, Congressman Steve Pearce introduced a wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing bill that would open the door for exploiting more than 150,000 acres of land already under protection.

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