- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s two U.S. senators are proposed the establishment of two new wilderness areas within the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos.

The offices of Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall said the New Mexico Democrats on Thursday introduced a bill to establish the Rio San Antonio and Cerro del Yutta wilderness areas.

Heinrich said establishment of the wilderness areas would help preserve the culture, natural resources and economy of what he called a “stunning corner of New Mexico,” while Udall said creating the wilderness areas would create jobs and boost northern New Mexico’s tourism economy.

The two proposed wilderness areas would compromise about 9 percent of the 378-square-mile national monument created by President Barack Obama in 2013.

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