LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials from the Las Vegas area are testifying to Congress in hopes of turning the Tule Springs Fossil Beds into a new national monument.
Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce President Kristin McMillan is set to join North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross in the push Thursday morning before the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.
The bill sponsored by Nevada's House delegation would create a 22,650-acre national monument on the northern edge of the Las Vegas valley.
The designation would help protect the thousands of Ice Age fossils there, and would provide land for local college research, recreation, commercial development and military training.
Advocates say the monument could help create jobs and boost tourism.
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