ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 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.

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RUSSELL CONTRERAS
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