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Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument sign unveiled

Josie Ortegon, Josie Ortegon, josie.ortegon@kvia.com POSTED: 10:07 PM MDT Mar 15, 2015 Nearly a year after President Obama proclaimed the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a national monument, the designated area now has a sign to showcase its significance. Volunteers with “Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks,” officials with the Bureau of Land Management and other localREAD MORE

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Sign unveiling Sunday for Organ Mountains monument

LAS CRUCES >> U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials will host a sign unveiling Sunday in the Organ Mountains east of Las Cruces. The event runs from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Dripping Springs Natural Area, located about 10 miles east of Las Cruces at the east end of Dripping Springs Road, accordingREAD MORE

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Virginia Cramer: More wilderness needed in monument

By Virginia Cramer for the Las Cruces Sun-News Guest column Posted: 08/30/2014 05:04:17 PM MDT On Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law one of our country’s greatest conservation laws, the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlandsREAD MORE

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A Monumental Symphony

Javier Sierra, The Huffington Post 07/18/2014 When President Obama signed the proclamation to designate the Organ Mountains/Desert Peaks National Monument in May, it was the last stitch of a tapestry to weave together several natural sites of extraordinary beauty and cultural significance. The monument, located in Doña Ana County in southern New Mexico, is loadedREAD MORE

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Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich: Monument designation a win for southern NM

Las Cruces Sun-News 06/08/2014 More than 100 years ago, a New Mexican named Edgar Lee Hewett drafted a piece of legislation that would become known as the Antiquities Act. Many know that Republican Congressman John F. Lacey sponsored and passed this legislation and that President Teddy Roosevelt signed it and put it to great effect.READ MORE

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Peter Goodman: A glorious day for a monument

Las Cruces Sun-News 06/01/2014 The clouds were kind to the celebration of our new national monument. The celebration was at Oñate, outdoors, so the Organs could watch — and provide a stunning backdrop. Organizers set out chairs for 400 people, and were scurrying around adding more chairs when we arrived. It paid to have aREAD MORE

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Interior Secretary Leads Celebration for Organ Mountains Desert Peaks

By Steve Ramirez, Las Cruces Sun-News 05/23/2014 LAS CRUCES >> The Organ Mountains served as the perfect backdrop as several hundred southern New Mexicans gathered Friday at Oñate High School to celebrate the formal designation that established the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was joined by Bureau of Land Management DirectorREAD MORE

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New National Monument Created in New Mexico: The new site encompasses the largest area preserved during Obama’s presidency.

By Laura Parker, National Geographic President Barack Obama created a new national monument on Wednesday, setting aside a half-million acres of federal land in southern New Mexico where Geronimo once roamed. The Organ Mountain-Desert Peak region, which lies between El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico, is the second national monument the president hasREAD MORE

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Looking In: Sportsmen hail monument designation

Op-ed by John Cornell Santa Fe New Mexican, May 26, 2014 Southern New Mexico sportsmen were not just happy, we were relieved when President Barack Obama designated the nation’s newest national monument, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks. Hunters in particular have been outspoken advocates of protecting these lands surrounding Las Cruces because we use them regularly. Some membersREAD MORE

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Monument will preserve Latino heritage

Op-ed by Paul ‘Pablo’ A. Martinez Las Cruces Sun-News, May 25, 2014     For too long, the 400-year legacy of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States has been underrepresented in the telling of the American story. But it looks like that is finally changing. Last week, President Obama acted decisively to protect theREAD MORE

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