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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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Editorial: Our View: New monument a win for state

Santa Fe New Mexican, May 23, 2014 What a great moment for New Mexico! Southern New Mexico’s Organ Mountains and Desert Peaks have gained the essential wilderness protection they deserve and the community demanded. President Barack Obama’s decision to declare some 500,000 acres the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will mean protection for archaeological, geologicalREAD MORE

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Bombs, Bulls-eyes and a New National Monument

Posted by Bev Gabe of LightHawk newswatch.nationalgeographic.com What does a WWII pilot riding in a Beechcraft Bonanza, massive bullseye targets in the desert, and a presidential order have in common? They’re all part of the newly established Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico. Long before President Obama declared those 500,000 acres near LasREAD MORE

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Obama vows ‘I am not finished’ after designating N.M. mountains

By Phil Taylor, Energy & Environment May 22, 2014 After designating his largest national monument to date, President Obama yesterday said he’s far from finished using his executive powers to protect public lands. Over the howls of several Republican leaders, Obama signed a proclamation at the Interior Department setting aside 496,000 acres of southern NewREAD MORE

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Líderes Latinos Acompañan al Presidente Obama para Declarar los “Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks” como Monumento Nacional

Contacto: Camillla Feibelman, 505.715.8388, camilla.feibelman@sierraclub.org Las Cruces, Nuevo México (19 de Mayo, 2014) – Hoy líderes latinos de Las Cruces, NM, Mesilla, NM y El Paso, TX, acompañaron al Presidente Barack Obama al declarar los “Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks” como Monumento Nacional.  El Monumento es el tercero, después del Monumento Nacional a Cesar Chávez y elREAD MORE

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Obama designates Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument: Jubilation greets president’s proclamation

May 21, 2014 Las Cruces Sun-News LAS CRUCES >> President Barack Obama signed a proclamation Wednesday formally designating nearly half a million acres of land in Doña Ana County as a national monument — a move that comes after years of heated local debate over the proposal. The signing event to officially designate the OrganREAD MORE

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DHS says Organ Mountains designation won’t impede border security

By Phil Taylor, Energy and Environment May 21, 2014 President Obama’s plan to designate a 500,000-acre national monument in southern New Mexico today will not impede the government’s ability to secure the Mexican border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The CBP statement refutes claims by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and a local NewREAD MORE

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Editorial: It’s up to us to shape new monument

  May 20, 2014 For more than a decade, opposing factions in our community have been fighting over what a national monument might be. Now, we have the opportunity to come together to determine what the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will be.   Today, President Barack Obama will use his powers under the AntiquitiesREAD MORE

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