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Tipton, Udall Oppose Colorado Monument Park Status

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Laurel Bollmeier of Windsor took this photo at the Colorado National Monument on Sept. 25, 2013.

Laurel Bollmeier of Windsor took this photo at the Colorado National Monument on Sept. 25, 2013.

Editor’s Note: In a story July 7 about Colorado National Monument, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Rep. Scott Tipton called for more dialogue on possibly designating the site a national park. Tipton opposes the designation and considers the matter closed. A corrected version of the story is below:

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Colorado National Monument in Mesa County is not going to be designated a national park.

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall said Monday that more dialogue is needed before the Monument should become the state’s fifth national park.

Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton concluded that the likelihood for national park legislation passing the House and Senate without impacting the local community is minuscule. He said he opposes any designation.

Their announcements come more than a year after Tipton and Udall started taking public comment about a designation.

Many of the comments raised questions about how the status would affect neighbors.

Colorado’s four national parks are Rocky Mountain National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Mesa Verde National Park.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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