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Uncertain Future For National Monuments In New Mexico

NMiF: National Monuments

July 7, 2017 - President Donald Trump issued an executive order in April calling on the Interior Secretary to review more than two dozen national monuments that are more than 100,000 acres in size and were created since 1996. That includes two in New Mexico – the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks monument near Las Cruces and the Rio Grande del Norte Monument near Taos.  Environmentalists and other supporters say the monuments protect important ecosystems and they also boost rural economies because they increase the number of visitors to communities. But others say more federal control of the land will hurt those who make their living from the land, including ranchers. Also at issue is how much public input went into the creation of these monuments. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has already recommended that the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be reduced in size. The Interior Department is accepting public comment on the other monuments through July 10.

Correspondent Megan Kamerick and her two guests, Michael Casaus, the state director in New Mexico for The Wilderness Society and Caren Cowan, executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association, look at this debate.

Presidential Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act - Trump Administration
Portal to Submit Comments to Interior Department
New Mexico Monuments Could Keep Status Zinke Suggests - Santa Fe New Mexican
Udall Questions Interior Secretary On Future of NM’s National Monuments - New Mexico Political Report
Economic Importance of National Monuments To Communities - Headwaters Economics
Local Business Owners Say Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Has Inspired Opportunity - KRWG
Monument Size A Concern As Feds Review Status - Las Cruces Sun-News
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument A Geological Wonder - Albuquerque Journal
This NM National Monument Has Brought Millions To The Local Economy Since Its Designation - Albuquerque Business First
New Mexico Business Owners Weigh In On Trump’s Latest Executive Order - Albuquerque Business First
Can Trump Really Eliminate National Monuments in NM And Elsewhere? -
Will Bears Ears Be The Next Standing Rock? New York Times
Comments of Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Tribe and Zuni Pueblo on Bears Ears
This Is Our Land: New Mexico Tribal Groups Gear Up To Fight For Their Home - The Guardian
Feds Call Off Public Meetings Amid Trump Review - Santa Fe New Mexican
Rio Grande Del Norte Dragged Into Monument Debate - Taos News
Cattle Growers Push For Monument Elimination - New Mexico Cattle Growers Association


Humans Of New Mexico Highlights Individual Stories (rebroadcast)

Humans of New Mexico

July 7, 2017 - The diversity in New Mexico is one of the most prominent features of our state. The Humans of New Mexico collective wants to highlight the stories of everyday people. The online project is run by students, community members, and community leaders. Maybe you've seen some of the photos and interviews on Facebook. Our producer Sarah Gustavus sat down earlier this year with two members of the project, Sradha Patel and Georgia Weiss-Elliott, to learn more.

Interview with Van Overton Jr.

"I look at everything I do through the filter of, “Is what I’m doing right now, helping or hurting children?” Every single thing that I do.


Every single thing that I do, even when I am standing behind a bar, [chuckles] you know, late at night, I ask myself that question and the answer is typically, “It’s helping,” because it’s allowing me to eat and feed my family, and so it’s definitely helping and right now it’s just a means to an end but the number of organizations I’ve yet to join, I don’t know. But I know that there is more out there, there’s more that needs to be started. There’s a lot more work that needs to be done and so I hope to join more organizations or start more organizations or whatever that will eventually change the lives of all the children in our world, you know, and how I’m doing that is starting locally, and knowing that if everybody can think first about children that it will change the way we do everything."


Interview with Tierra Hudson


"At my high school I’m probably 1 of 5 of African-Americans. And the way I look people are going to perceive as African-American you know? So that’s how I carry myself. I try to carry myself positively. I want to say it’s not hard, but it’s a little more difficult because I’m finding a place where I feel like I belong. Especially being in a rural area, I don’t have a lot of people; I mean I have my family you know. But the other thing is I have a lot of kids in my high school who will tell me “you’re getting these opportunities because of your race” you know, “because you have these things.” And, it’s at the point where I’m just like, I’ve worked hard for where I come from and if my race has anything to do with it, awesome. But I’ve gotten here because of the choices I’ve made and how hard I’ve worked."

More interviews are online: Humans of New Mexico