Udall Visits GJ to Talk Colorado National Monument Status
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Senator Mark Udall stopped in Grand Junction Saturday to discuss changing a major staple in the community.
Officials are in the process of turning the Colorado National Monument into a national park.
Several local residents and Senator Udall met Saturday to weigh the pros and cons to changing the name.
Officials say it will help bring in more tourist, helping boost the economy.
They say the monument being right off Interstate 70 will also help lure in folks.
Udall says he fully supports the monument change to a national park.
"The reason you would turn the monument into a park is for both economic and quality of life. The study shows by converting the monument to a park you would attract additional international visitors, and in a community where you have 8.5 percent unemployment or higher, anything we can do to create jobs is my priority. I think it's the business community's priority too," said Udall.
The community members taking part in this say they're next step is to talk to residents, and educate them on how little the monument would change if it were to be considered a national park.
Earlier Saturday morning Udall also met with veteran leaders on issues impacting veterans along the Western Slope.