Colorado National Monument vs. national park

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Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – There is a big push in our community for the Colorado National Monument to be changed into a national park.

Wednesday night, the issue took center stage at the Fruita Community Center as part of the Fruita Chamber of Commerce's new series of free business education presentations on local businesses.

Wednesday night’s topic was on the economic impact that changing the designation could have.

"One of the biggest differences is being recognized more. For instance you can look in some of the outside adventure books, and they will give maps of areas, and the national monument is not mentioned in a lot of them because it's not a state park," says Kathie Fingerson, a business owner in Fruita.

Organizers have received letters from Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster and the Palisade town board, among others, in support of the status change.

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