Pinon Canyon Expansion Debate Heats Up

By: Danielle Saar Email
By: Danielle Saar Email

In a meeting Thursday, Pueblo County Commissioners agreed to press the Colorado Congressional Delegation on the issue of expanding the Pinon Canyon maneuvering site.

Opponents of the Army's expansion plan gathered at the meeting to voice their concerns.

"This is the most important thing that we've ever done in our lives," says Mack Louden, fourth-generation rancher.

Louden is fighting to preserve the generations of family ranches in the area proposed for army expansion.

"We want to hold our heritage, we want to hold the things that we value," says Louden.

The anticipated expansion could include precious sites that, in these ranchers' eyes, are priceless.

In a written statement, Lt. Col. Jim Rice of Fort Carson, says:

"We will continue to look for more amiable solutions to mitigate the concerns of residents living near the PCMS whom could be potentially impacted by a proposed expansion. This is also a time to open lines of communication with the general public to provide information and receive public request for information."

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  • by Donna Location: Campo CO on Mar 27, 2008 at 10:16 PM
    I am a new resident of the wonderful and beautiful state of CO. I feel this expansion is wrong for the people. There are wonderful and truly amazing sites here that will be lost to EVERYONE not just our residents. There are untold homesteads, my husbands mothers grandfather is burried in an area that will no longer be accesible, so will the home she was born in. This is not to make small the area farmers and ranchers who will loose everything they have worked for all their lives, the things that have been handed down for generations. Their heritage, love, life, you name it. Just imagine if you will, that the government wants to demolish your home, your life just to pile all its military in one hand site. What an easy target for terrists if all our military in in one spot. The government has closed down how many military bases? And they want to take over the entire southeast part of the state? Who else feels this is not a wise idea? Oh but we are talking about our governement!
  • by PJ Location: Rye on Mar 27, 2008 at 07:28 PM
    I see that as usual the commisioners arn't listening to the people only to the money. Time for a change,to get people that will listen to the people for a change
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