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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  • by Lori Location: Trinidad on Jun 21, 2007 at 08:06 AM
    Salazar's latest "idea" for creating a "win-win" outcome for SE Colorado is preposterous. The idea of replacing a long-term, stable, productive population (which produces invaluable grassfed beef for the nation), which DOES NOT WANT TO BE REMOVED from their generational property, with a transient population of soldiery... is another insult to the citizens of SE Colorado. What part of NO don't they understand? The people down here are fed up with political backdoor moves to block the Salazar- Musgrave amendment from inclusion in the 2008 appropriations bill. We need Senator Salazar to stop muddying the waters, and STAND WITH the people of SE Colorado in opposition to any expansion.
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