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Examiner: New Mexico senators work to protect Valles Caldera

An 89,000-acre working ranch in New Mexico, administrated by the federal government since 2000, could become a unit of the National Park Service if the state’s two U. S. senators succeed in their bid to make it so.

The Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act (S 285), introduced in the Senate by Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) on Feb. 12 of this year, was quickly assigned to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. This may sound familiar to those who follow national park bids, as the bill was introduced back in 2011 as well.

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