[WATCH] National Monument supporters tout nearly 100,000 comments in support of Organ Mountains

Over 97,000 individual comments were submitted to Trump’s secretary of the interior in support of current the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument designation, organizers announced on Monday as the comment period closed. ProgressNow New Mexico activists added more than 1,340 in the final weeks of the comment period.  PNNM worked with conservation groups around the state to help spread the word and add your story to those comments as well. Related: Comment pages overwhelmed in final hours, Final day to comment on national monuments designation | NM Political Report
PNNM also live-streamed the event from the Monument entrance on Monday:

Rumors of Secretary Zinke coming to visit New Mexico’s national monuments have been swirling since an exchange last month between he and Senator Martin Heinrich in a hearing. Our hope is that with the level of support for national monuments from around the state and a first-hand account will make an impact that even Zinke can’t ignore. The other elephant in the room is Monday’s announcement that Congressman Steve Pearce will be leaving behind his congressional seat in 2018 to run for Governor of New Mexico.

NEW: Pearce says these 800 business people should decide the size of our monuments. Let’s send him thousands who want them protected.

Just one day after Trump’s Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke told a Senate committee that he had not yet decided whether he would shrink New Mexico’s national monuments, Steve Pearce demanded that Zinke shrink Doña Ana County’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument by an astounding 88% to accommodate just 800 businesses and individuals in the district of more than 606,000 people. From Michael Coleman in the Albuquerque Journal’s Washington Bureau:
WASHINGTON – A day after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he might not alter the size of two of New Mexico’s newest monuments, Rep. Steve Pearce implored him to dramatically shrink the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in his southern district. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

At a Senate hearing Wednesday, Zinke, who is reviewing more than two dozen national monuments for possible reductions in size, said he was open to keeping New Mexico’s newest monuments unchanged. “If it’s settled and people are happy with it, I find no reason to recommend any changes,” Zinke said. But at a House hearing to consider the Interior Department’s budget Thursday, Pearce said that’s not the case.

Celebrate our new National Monument TODAY in Las Cruces

It’s official! President Obama signed the proclamation to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.  

There will be a celebration TODAY with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze, White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots, and our Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. at Oñate High School in Las Cruces. More info here.

BREAKING: NM to Receive New National Monument Designation

In March of last year, President Obama created the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, near Taos, using his executive authority under the Antiquities Act. Past presidents have used the Act to create New Mexico’s treasured national monuments which contribute over $54 million in annual tourist spending and which support over 1,000 New Mexico jobs. Now the President is poised to protect more historically, geographically, and culturally significant land in Southern New Mexico.

[Election Day Alert] Dona Ana County Vote to Fund Tea Party Agenda

Dona Ana County voters go to the polls today to vote on a big funding increase, paid for by higher taxes, to a local agency pushing an extreme right-wing agenda. Update Tues. Apr. 8, 7:23pm: The Dona Ana County Clerk’s Office provides these unofficial numbers after tonight’s polls closed.  All ballots are counted: Here are the unofficial results from today’s election:
                                                                       For         Against
Radium Spring Community Center           34           67
Las Cruces Home Builders Association    131         628
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