Martin T. Heinrich

Supporters of New Mexico monument areas vow to keep pushing

Tribal leaders, conservationists and elected leaders gathered Thursday to express their frustrations and keep pressure on the White House to ensure two national monument areas in New Mexico remain intact.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and several dozen people packed an REI store in Albuquerque while others took to the historic Mesilla plaza in southern New Mexico to show their support for Organ Mountains-Desert Peak and the Rio Grande del Norte.

"These places aren't just about outdoor recreation. They're not just about land. They're about our culture and history and trying to live up to the greatest potential of that culture and history," said Heinrich, a...