President Obama was just 11 years old when I was first elected to the Texas Legislature in 1972. Now, 44 years later, our 44th president has the ability to do something that I have been trying to do ever since: preserve a sliver of America’s great west.
As I turn 75 this November, I know that this commander-in-chief can bring closure to a task my hometown of El Paso has been working on for decades. That is why I am asking our president, in the final days of his administration, to use his executive authority to designate Castner Range a national monument.
Castner Range, a former U.S. Army artillery range, is an American treasure of 7,000 acres located within an urban setting and includes the open Chihuahuan desert, dry arroyos, natural springs and a mountainous terrain.