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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:01pm
Las Cruces, NM (KDBC) — After nearly a decade of fighting for it, it's about to become official. The Organ Mountains will become America's newest national monument.
President Obama Monday announced that he will designate the area a national monument on Wednesday.
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will protect nearly a half million acres of land from development.
Supporters estimate it will generate almost $7.5 million for the region's economy.
There are now more than 100 national monuments in the United States.