Wilderness bill clears sub-panel

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A key Senate panel held a hearing Wednesday on a bill to protect the scenic landscape of the Organ Mountains in Do-a Ana County.

The Bureau of Land Management testified in favor of the bill, which creates wilderness and conservation areas in the county that provide for continued public use while protecting the granite peaks of the Organ Mountains and the volcanic cinder cones of the Potrillo Mountains, among other public lands in the county, according a news release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the bill's author.