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Jun 3, 2011 6:51 AM by Kate Richards

Park Manager Retires

COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) - A 15-year employee of the National Park Service will take over as acting superintendent at Colorado National Monument in western Colorado.

Michelle Wheatley will take over the head job July 2 after Joan Anzelmo retires as superintendent. Anzelmo has been superintendent since May 2007 and has been with the National Park Service for 35 years.

Wheatley is chief of interpretation, education and visitor services at Colorado National Monument. She has also worked at Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain national parks.

A group of area business and political leaders and residents is exploring a proposal to upgrade the monument near Grand Junction to a national park. Congress would have to approve the change for the site, which is 32 square miles of red-rock monoliths, canyons and cliffs.

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