Salazar Asks Gates For Help On Pinon Expansion Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Colorado Democratic Senator Ken Salazar said he's sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates asking the Army to help create an economic development plan for southeastern Colorado communities, which would be affected by a potential expansion of Fort Carson's Pinon Canyon training ground.

Salazar offered few specifics during a conference call with reporters, other than to suggest the Army station a brigade as part of a "Fort Carson annex" in the expansion area, perhaps near Trinidad.

He said he wanted a response from Gates within 30 days.

The Army wants to expand the maneuver site from 368 square miles to more than one-thousand square miles as Fort Carson grows.

Salazar says he hopes the Pentagon will provide more details about what officials want to do in southeastern Colorado.


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