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Obama designates Colorado canyon a national monument

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 00:44

President Obama has signed legislation making Browns Canyon in Colorado a national monument, but not everyone is happy about the new designation. Linda So reports.

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Browns Canyon in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. A picturesque gorge with breathtaking views renowned for its rugged landscape of cliffs, forests and meadows. The canyon is home to some of the best fishing, whitewater rafting, and hiking in the state. And now, the site is under national protection. President Obama signed legislation at the White House on Thursday making Browns Canyon a national monument. SOUNDBITE: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "This one's supposed to be gorgeous. I haven't been there yet. I've got to go visit some of these places." Not everyone is happy about the designation. Some Republican lawmakers say the move is a big government land grab and an abuse of power by the president. But supporters argue it will protect the national treasure for generations to come.

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Obama designates Colorado canyon a national monument

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 00:44