Business Sign-on Letter: Thank you – Antiquities Act 2018

February 6, 2018

Senator Udall and Senator Heinrich,

On behalf of the undersigned businesses and chambers of commerce in New Mexico, we want to thank you for your continued leadership in protecting our national monuments. During this time where our public lands are under attack, we are especially grateful for your introduction of S. 2354, America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States Act (ANTIQUITIES Act) of 2018.

We appreciate that the bill codifies into law the boundaries for over 50 national monuments established through the Antiquities Act since 1996, including New Mexico’s Organ Mountain Desert Peaks and the Rio Grande Del Norte, ensuring that that on-going access for hunting, tourism, research, conservation, cultural uses, education, and other activities will continue. Furthermore, the forethought to include legislation that also validates that only Congress has the authority to reduce or diminish national monuments designated by presidents through the Antiquities Act of 1906 is in the true spirit of Theodore Roosevelt.

For more than a decade, the business community in New Mexico has worked to protect our public lands and waters, including Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks (OMDP) and Rio Grande Del Norte (RGDN) national monuments. We have experienced economic benefits from protecting our public lands and we stand together in defense of the national monuments we’ve fought so hard to protect.

Senator Udall and Senator Heinrich, you have led us in every step in this journey as fierce supporters and staunch defenders of our public lands. In this spirit, S. 2354 pushes back on the un-supported attack on national monuments from the Trump Administration and respects the overwhelming desire of millions of Americans who support leaving our national monuments intact.

During the comment period associated with the Trump Administration’s national monument review, more than 2.8 million Americans provided feedback, with 99 percent voicing support to leave our national monuments intact. Over 100,000 comments specifically mentioned national monuments within New Mexico, and many local communities also showed their support. Formal resolutions supporting our national monuments passed by the Doña Ana and Taos county commissions, City of Las Cruces, City of Taos, Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, and others demonstrates strong community support for leaving OMDP and RGDN as it was originally intended. Thank you for hearing us, and responding in-kind with this bill.

As you know, the outdoor recreation economy in New Mexico boasts 99,000 jobs and is worth an estimated $9.9 billion. A recent poll conducted by Colorado College revealed that 92 percent of New Mexico voters view the outdoor recreation economy as important for the economic future of our state and 78 percent view public lands and New Mexico’s outdoor recreation lifestyle as an advantage in attracting jobs here. S. 2354 will help to make sure that these incredible benefits provided to New Mexico and other states from protected public lands provides remain intact.

Thank you for hearing loud and clear that New Mexicans care about public lands and want our national monuments left alone. We applaud and support your America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States Act (ANTIQUITIES Act) of 2018.


A to Z Services, Oscar Simpson, Albuquerque 87107

A Well-Born Guide/Have Ph.D., Will Travel, Stefanie Beninato, Santa Fe 87505

Action Air Aviation Consulting, Marilyn Allison, Las Cruces 88007

Amacher Consulting LLC, Celerah Hewes, Santa Fe 87501

Black Range Lodge, Catherine Wanek, Hillsboro 88042

Carrigar, JIvan Coelho, Santa Fe 87505

CNP, Jimmie McCraw, Silver City 88061

Cohen & Zedalis LLP, Seth T. Cohen, Santa Fe 87501

Common Ground, Debra Oliver, Santa Fe 87505

Common Thread, Renee Hardy, Taos 87571

Dakini Design, Anna Hansen, Santa Fe 87505

Daniel Allan MD, Las Cruces 88001

Deirdre Price, Grant Writer, Las Cruces 88012

Desert Habitat Designs, Debra Sands-Miller, Las Cruces 88011

Dragonfly School, Nancy Woodward, Santa Fe 87505

Dragonfly, Carin Kelly, Las Cruces 88005

Dragonfly, Tracy Baker, Las Cruces 88005

EcoScapes LLC, Michael Nelsen, Santa Fe 87501

EnergyWorks, Douglas Campion, Las Cruces, 88001

First Eye Films, Reinhard Lorenz, Albuquerque 87110

Flow Homes LLC, Jesse W Deubel, Edgewood 87015

Full Circle Heritage Services, Mark Sechrist, Vado 88072

Gabriel Vasquez, Las Cruces City Councilor District 3, Las Cruces

Gill Sorg, Mayor Pro tem, Las Cruces

Grant County Health Council, Cari Lemon, Silver City 88061

Green Money Journal, Cliff Feigenbaum, Santa Fe 87501

Gutierrez Family Mediation, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Las Cruces 88011

Hamilton Brown MD, Arroyo Seco 87514

Health Alternatives, Joni Newcomer, Las Cruces 88011

Herbs, Etc Inc, Daniel Gagnon, Santa Fe 87507

High Desert Dispatch, Andy Payne, Silver City 88061

Housing Support, Inc, Ken Odenheim, Las Cruces 88011

HTC, Donald Leslie, Las Cruces 88005

Infomanagement, Carla Freeman, Santa Fe 87505

Inn at Santa Fe, Victoria Bruneni, Santa Fe 87507

JACO Outfitters LLC, John Olivas, Holman, 87723

Jim O’Donnell Photography, Jim O’Donnell, Taos 87571

John Jaffe, Library Consultant, Las Cruces 88011

Julie’s Quality Data Services, Julie Mullis, Las Cruces 88001

Knowetal, Therese Patton, Angel Fire 87710

La Cañada, Kerry Heubeck, Ocate 87734

La Posada de Taos, Angela Lewis, Taos 87571

La Puerta, Rose Starsmere, Santa Fe 87501

Land of Enchantment Learning, Janine Johnston, Santa Fe 87505

Las Cruces Academy, Vince Gutschick, Las Cruces 88046

Las Cruces Civic Concert Association. Lucretia Jones 88005

Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, Carrie Hamblen, Las Cruces 88005

Linda Hall, Event Planner, Las Cruces 88012

Los Rios River Runners, Francisco Guevara, Taos 87571

Lumiere Editions Inc, Charles & Lara Leavitt, Silver City 88061

Marek & Company, Annemarie Marek, Santa Fe 87506

Mariposa Wood Works Inc, Rebecca Malone, Santa Fe 87501

Mindy DeMott LLC, Mindy DeMott, Santa Fe 87505

Modern Design+Construction Inc, Bill Roth, Santa Fe 87505

Mountain Kids! LLC, Katie Macaulay, Santa Fe 87504

Mud Hub Greenhouses, Rod Gesten, Santa Fe 87501

New Mexico PBS, Evy Todd, Albuquerque 87196

New Water Innovations, Audrey Jenkins, Santa Fe 87505

NMSU Office of Sustainability, Joni Newcomer, Las Cruces 88003

NMSU, Ellen Jaffe Castello, Las Cruces 88003

Norman L Fristoe, Accountant, Las Cruces 88005

One Heart Pilates Studio, Kari Andrikopoulos, Santa Fe 87505

Pamela Stein LMT, Santa Fe 87507

Partnership for Responsible Business, Alexandra Merlino, Santa Fe 87504

Phillips Properties, David Phillips, Silver City 88061

Pinon Window & Door Inc, Los Ranchos 87114

Positive Energy-Santa Fe, Maria Hondros, Santa Fe 87505

Positive Energy Solar-ABQ, Lauren Komnick, Albuquerque 87111

Prospera Partners, Vicki Pozzebon, Santa Fe 87505

Reconnect-Today, Melissa Pickett, Santa Fe 87505

REIA, Cynthia B. Hall, Albuquerque 87107

Rob and Charlie’s Bike Shop, Stephen Newhall, Santa Fe NM 87505

Robledo Vista Nursery, Marcy Scott, Las Cruces 88007

Rock Paper Scissor, Melodi Wyss-Feliciano, Santa Fe 87501

Santa Clara Woodworks, Gordon West, Silver City 88061

Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association, Kim Shanahan, Santa Fe 87507

Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce, Glenn Schiffbauer, Santa Fe 87501

SBH Web Design LLC, Steven Harris, Las Cruces 88001

Siemens Industry, Bill Kipnis, Taos 87529

Sims Green Energy Services LLC, Rodney Sims, Alamogordo 88310

Sinuate Media, Leah Messina, Las Cruces 88011

Smart Living Team at Keller Williams Realty, Renee Frank, Las Cruces 88011

Steven Family LLC, Caron Steven, Silver City 88061

SunPower by Positive Energy Solar, Christopher Fortson, Santa Fe 87507

Sunwest on the Plaza, Ann Thomas, Santa Fe NM 87501

Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen, Fiona Wong, Santa Fe 87505

Syzygy Tile, Lee Gruber, Silver City 88061

Talking Talons Youth Leadership, Betsy Fulreader, Cedar Crest 87008

Taos Dawn Designs / Dawn Chandler Fine Art, Dawn Chandler, Santa Fe 87505

Taos Ski Valley, Inc, Dawn Boulware, Taos Ski Valley 87525

Teres Kids, Alexandra Merlino, Santa Fe 87501

The Firebird, Gene Butler, Santa Fe 87505

The Reel Life, Nick Streit, Santa Fe 87501

Transformational Light Designs, Dawn Cheney, Las Cruces 88011

Triple L, Ink Graphic Design, Linda Lillow, Albuquerque 87105

Ulis, Ulrike Campbell, Santa Fe 87501

Unsettled Gallery and Studio, LLC, Catherine Smith Brenner, Las Cruces 88001

Vintage Trailer Supply Inc, Steve Hingtgen, Santa Fe 87508

Wayne Carl Huber, Artist, Las Cruces 88005

What the Truck, Victoria Bruneni, Santa Fe 87507

Wild Earth Llama Adventures, Stuart Wilde, Taos 87571

Wild Resiliency Institute, Larry Glover, Santa Fe 87508

Wildlife Conservation Advocacy Southwest, Inc, Guy Dicharry, Los Lunas 87031

WindForce, Inc, Robb Hirsch, Santa Fe 87501