Putting pen to paper to open the Colorado National Monument

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) The Colorado National Monument Association is looking for their voice to be heard in Congress through writing.

CNMA is encouraging its 400 members and the community to write letters to our politicians in Washington to speed up decision making and end the shutdown.

The letters should explain how the shutdown is negatively affecting the Grand Valley with the ongoing closure of a major tourist and recreation attraction, CNMA board members said.

"One of the most important things I think our government does is to provide these wonderful places, the national parks and monuments to us," McBride said. "I think they just don't realize how difficult it is for the American people to not have these places."

This year had been one of the most profitable for the Monument's visitor center until the shutdown began, McBride said.

Now, she estimates CNMA has lost $12,000 dollars over the past two weeks.

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