Pinon Canyon Training Site

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Two state lawmakers are hoping to send a message to the Army about its proposed expansion of the Pinon Canyon training site in southeastern Colorado.

Landowners opposed the plan, saying they fear the Army will use eminent domain to snatch their land.

The lawmakers have proposed a bill that would bar federal authorities from taking land for use by the military.

One of the bill's sponsors, Senator Ken Kester says he knows the Army may not have to follow state law.

But he says he hopes the bill will impress on the Army and Congress on how people in the area feel about the proposed expansion.

Last week, the Pentagon gave the Army the go ahead to begin an in-depth study to nearly triple the size of its existing training site on the southeastern Colorado plains.

The site, used to train soldiers from Fort Carson, was created in the early 1980s.