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5/25/2014 6:02:00 AM
Gosar: Obama went too far with national monument
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.

Matt Reinig
Miner reporter

KINGMAN - President Barack Obama created the largest national monument yet of his presidency Wednesday - roughly 500,000 acres in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in Dona Ana County, New Mexico.

U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Ariz., issued a release Wednesday on the president's creation of the monument, calling it "yet another example of President Obama overstepping his authority and blatantly disregarding the rule of law."

"Congress gave presidents the ability to designate national monuments in order to protect small, specific areas of land, not large swaths of a state," Gosar stated. "It is unacceptable for a president to abuse this authority and I will do everything in my power to rein in this practice and fight this overreach."

Gosar goes on to say the monument will endanger American lives since the Border Patrol is not allowed to patrol national monument lands.

"This monument will become a safe haven for the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants, endangering the lives of countless people," Gosar stated. "The president's apparent disregard for the safety of this country's citizens is simply shocking."

In October 2012, New Mexico Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall asked Obama to consider designating the area for national monument status. It was then already managed by the Bureau of Land Management, according to Udall's website.

Both senators sponsored legislation that would elevate the Rio Grande Gorge and adjacent Taos Plateau, and the Organ Mountains and other important public lands in Doña Ana County, to the conservation status.

"National monument status, similar to a National Conservation Area designation, would allow these lands and their important wildlife habitat to be protected for the future, while preserving existing uses such as hunting, fishing and grazing," reads a release issued by Udall.

Last year, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed legislation called the Río Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishment Act. That bill protects approximately 236,000 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Taos and Río Arriba counties by designating a combination of "conservation" and "wilderness" areas.

Obama's conservation efforts pale in comparison to those of Theodore Roosevelt, who formed the United States Forestry Service in 1905 and more than tripled forest reserves in the U.S. from 43 million acres to 194 million acres, according to the National Park Service.

During his presidency, Roosevelt signed into law 18 national monuments, which included protecting large portions of the Grand Canyon, according to the NPS.

"I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the nature resources of our land," the NPS quotes Roosevelt as saying in 1910 in Osawatomie, Kan. "But I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob them, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Article comment by: Donna Wickerd

The only thing that will change for this peice of land is that developers will have to give up ever develping it. It is just crazy to claim that by not being developed it will somehow become overrun by criminals and illegal immigrants. Since both of New Mexico's Senators requested this change, you would think that Mr. Gosar would simply respect thier state's choice to conserve this land rather than try to force his opinions on another state!

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Thank God for Gosar who is on our side. The beautiful Organ Mountains, looming up behind Las Cruces, NM are favorites of mine and about 40 minutes from the Mexican border if that. Been there many times.

A deep look into the inner workings of this admin, the nut case environmentalists, the open borders, the BLM - all working together and NOT to benefit Americans is not only scary but needs someone like Gosar to keep tabs on them, try to stop their land grabs, etc when possible.

Please, people, dig in and read the real facts of what is going on. Pull up maps showing where we are now, how much land the BLM now thinks BELONGS to them when it doesn't. They need to be stopped. Obama needs to be impeached.

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Article comment by: T C

Gosar really is full of himself. He gets government paid healthcare for his hip replacement, but doesn't think his constituents deserve the same. He wants to mine uranium at the Grand Canyon at the same time he wants to spend and untold amount of money treating down winders.

Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014
Article comment by: Jim Harrison

@Marge Trivett, It's 500,000 acres, not 500.

Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014
Article comment by: Down Wind

How ridiculous, Gosar. This land is to be conserved for our future generations -- as many previous Presidents have done. What is this nonsense about border guards partrolling those acres? What about the fence??

How about the Downwinder bill, Gosar? The one that you wrote up to include Mohave county. It's been a couple of years now --- How many fellow congressmen have you signed on to co-sponsor the bill?

You realize that without getting more to join, you haven't got a chance. Are you sure you are fighting as hard as you can?

Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014
Article comment by: dv s

OMG... do you know the Federal Government owns about 80% of land in the US.....That really is against the they designate it for a park...taking more away from Americans......What part of Government Overreach don't you get...!

Thank you Paul Gosar for overseeing this..and your other efforts for Arizona too....!

Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014
Article comment by: Uncle Anson

First of all, it is 500,000 acres. Now tell me nephew and to and Eddie and whoever you are with the long name, does it make sense to add what is now a sort of no mans land to the border of a country that insists on invading with drugs and illegals? Seems to me that this was one more case of executive over-reach and gross misinterpretation of the intent of the law. Sorta like Clinton and Parashant, just to mention one more.

Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis McElyea Smith

Build a an electrified fence all along our southern border 15 feet high, put 5 feet of compressed razor wire all along the top. Use solar to power the electricity to it and make the electricity go to rods 20feet below ground and give us our country back!!!!

Get the United States of America OUT OF THE United Nations and stop ALL Funding of it!!!
Clean up the mess in DC! Abolish the IRS, fix the VA, put God back into our country, Do Away with the PC BS, STOP All the ignorant subsidies to special interest groups, put aside party and Do What Is Right and Good for OUR Nation, Give Every State back it's own land and get rid of the BLM while putting the brakes on EPA!!!!!

Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014
Article comment by: Donna Crouse

How much land do the feds need and why? White Sands Missile Range isn't that far from here. Just where are people supposed to live?

Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Thanks Matt for putting Mr. Gosar's take on the New Mexico's new monument in perspective compared to past presidents, many of them Republican. The only one over reaching is the Republican party. They seem to think that this land should be exploited by mining companies and real estate developers. They see no use for public land they would rather it all became private land owned by their friends and donor's. There may be hope for the Miner after all. We need more young reporters like you who cut through the crap and state the facts. Nice job.

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Article comment by: origional kingman resident


Its 500,000,(1/2 million), acres.

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Article comment by: DOLLAR BILL

"Obama needed a safe place for his "brown shirts" to hide".

Tell us "desert dweller" who are these brown shirts you refer to?

We are waiting!

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Article comment by: Marge Trivett

Interesting that this that 500 acres is an issue, since Montana's Glacier National Park is 521 acres and let's not forget that Yellowstone is over 2.2 million acres. Don't see anything out of line about 500 acres.

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Article comment by: Mr. Gosar, Try to Be True to Yourself, Dignify the Office, and Stop the Rhetoric

Well Gosar officially launched his re-election race. He has no doubt learned to appreciated perks that go along with being our representative. You know those perks so intoxicating that once they taste their sweet nectar they will tell any lie, will pander to any group, will commit any act just to retain the title Congressman.

He really tries to walk the tight rope. To Democrats and Independents he sends out notices he is working with Obama. To Republicans he makes such claims as the president is "...overstepping his authority and blatantly disregarding the rule of law" and disregards the safety of Americans. It certainly sounds good on fund raising efforts and right wing newspapers.

Mr. Gosar, as an anti-Republican voter you gave me hope when you started your 1st term. You spoke as one willing to put corrosive language aside. You presented yourself as one willing to work independently and for the benefit of our area as well as our country. This unnecessary rhetoric may win you the support of the right wingers but does little to dignify your office or gain the support of Dems, Independents, and even us anti-Reps you need to retain all those "friends" in high places you now meet or those fancy dinners you attend, or the respect you re given because you are a "Congressman".

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Article comment by: Eddie Haskell

Gosar, wrong again. Grandstanding in an election year. Not even in your State, and supported by that State's congress people. And you are wrong on the Border Patrol. The can and will be there.

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Article comment by: Responsible Reporting

This is an example of good and responsible reporting by the Miner. Instead of merely passing on Gosar's claim that Obama was overstepping his authority, the reporter put it in context by comparing Obama's conservation efforts to those of Teddy Roosevelt (who happened to be Republican).

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Article comment by: Trained Observer

Enough about Obama Gosar. What is it that you are doing to help people in AZ? We are not seeing any job growth or real recovery from the recession. Vets are getting shortchanged (as always). The school system needs help. What about planning for the future for things like forest fires, water shortages (which will happen as people "farm" the desert at the expense of using water intended for homes)? As usual more political bashing to distract the peasants from real problems. Vote him out.

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Always fun to watch Gosar make a fool out of himself as he parrots talking points thoroughly debunked by those actually involved in the new national monument.

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Article comment by: desert dweller

Obama needed a safe place for his "Brown Shirts" to hide!

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