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State gains another national monument

By Gary Gerew Albuquerque Business First President Obama announced that he will sign a proclamation designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument on Wednesday. Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), both of whom had pushed for the measure, said the designation should provide a boost to the area’s economy. “The Organ Mountains-DesertREAD MORE

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Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument Is Good for Veterans

Garett Reppenhagen, Rocky Mountain West Coordinator of the Vet Voice Foundation Huffington Post This week veterans all over the nation applaud President Obama’s use of the Antiquities Act to protect the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks region in Southern NM. Creating this new national monument ensures the preservation of a scenic public landscape rich with history,READ MORE

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Four Erroneous Claims That Opponents of Conservation are Likely to Make About the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

By Greg Zimmerman and Jessica Goad Center for Western Priorities At the request of local community leaders, President Barack Obama has announced that he is protecting nearly 500,000 acres of the stunning Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Despite widespread local support for the new national monument, anti-park andREAD MORE

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Obama to designate national monument in New Mexico

By Dave Boyer, The Washington Times May 19, 2014 In a western land debate that has pitted ranchers against environmentalists, President Obama this week will designate nearly half a million acres in southern New Mexico as a national monument. Mr. Obama is expected to sign a proclamation Wednesday designating the vast tract as the OrganREAD MORE

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Obama to declare largest national monument in his tenure, in N.M.

By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post May 19, 2014 President Obama will declare the largest national monument in his tenure Wednesday, setting a nearly 500,000-acre swath of southern New Mexico off-limits to development. Many community leaders had pressed the president to protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region — which has petroglyphs from three American IndianREAD MORE

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Obama to designate Organ Mountains as a national monument

By Michael Coleman/Journal Washington Bureau May 19, 2014 President Obama on Wednesday will use his executive power to designate about a half-million acres of the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces as a federally-protected monument. The White House made the announcement this morning. “On Wednesday, President Obama will host an event at the Department of theREAD MORE

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Comunidad Latina Celebra y Felicita al Presidente Obama por Anunciar la Declaración del “Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks” como Monumento Nacional

Para Difusión Inmediata: Lunes, 19 de Mayo de 2014 Fotos y recursos de prensa disponibles en: https://www.organmountains.org/multimedia/photos-of-the-monument Contacto: Camillla Feibelman, 505.715.8388, camilla.feibelman@sierraclub.org Monumento Nacional Reconoce La Herencia Hispana en el Sur de Nuevo México Las Cruces, Nuevo México (19 de Mayo, 2014) – Después de años de esfuerzo de parte de una Coalición amplia deREAD MORE

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Plan Your Visit

Contact Information Dripping Springs Visitor Center 575-522-1219 The steep-sided crevices, canyons and majestic spires of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks host stunning views, great recreation opportunities, archaeological sites and native plants found nowhere else in the world.  The proposed Monument area also includes important historical areas including 22 miles of “Butterfield Stagecoach Trail”, Billy the Kid’sREAD MORE

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Johnny Mestas: A monumental opportunity for grazing in county

By Johnny Mestas Guest column 05/11/2014 There has been much to say recently about grazing leases on what is now a national monument. My relationship with the Bureau of Land Management goes back for generations, as my family has grazed cattle on these lands and the partnership between families and the BLM in New MexicoREAD MORE

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Tribal leaders tour sacred areas of proposed national monument

May 2, 1014 KTSM LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KTSM) — Leaders from five Native American tribes: Ysleta de Sur Pueblo, Cochiti Pueblo, Tesuque Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo and the Fort Sill Apache Tribe toured several sacred sites in the proposed Organ-Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. The tour comes just weeks after the All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG)READ MORE

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