Their View: Protecting our state's National Monuments

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When most people think of national monuments they think of majestic natural places and critical pieces of our nation's cultural and historic heritage. What they probably don't think about is how national monument designations impact nearby communities and local businesses.

Now, as Congress considers measures to limit the creation and designation of national monuments, a healthy debate about the local economic impact of these monuments is crucial - especially here in New Mexico where they fuel the economies of several small communities.