Interior secretary to visit Las Cruces amid monuments review
By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Jul. 26, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is scheduled to visit Las Cruces this week in connection with the Trump administration's review of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
Zinke is slated Thursday to meet with supporters and opponents after touring the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument by helicopter. He is not scheduled to attend a town hall meeting at the Las Cruces Convention Center.
The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument are among 27 monuments where a review ordered by President Donald Trump might remove protections previously considered irreversible.
The review is rekindling a fierce debate about oversight of lands marked by ancient petroglyphs and towering mountain spires.
The New Mexico Cattle Growers Association is urging Trump to eliminate certain large-scale national monuments.