Pinon Canyon Expansion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Colorado Democratic Senator Ken Salazar says 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 1,000 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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2007 at 03:22 PM
    are the people saying go "play in the real dessert" the same people yelling that going to the "real desser" was wrong in the first place.
  • by Mark Location: Colorado SPrings on Jun 21, 2007 at 07:53 AM
    Putting a brigade there would mean taking even more land with Eminent Domain. There are no "willing sellers" That's a lie. Salazar will never be reelected if he stabs the ranching community in the back like this. This is some heavy duty political ploy. Is he going to remove the amendment from the bill to wait on the Army response? They can't hold up an appropriations bill like that forever. Where is Allard on this? What're his talking points? It's gone through the House, but what do Musgrave, DeGette, Lamborn, Udall, and the rest have to say? This is ginormous. "No comment" will no longer do. He's talking about the entire net gain from Fort Hood. You can't just take the same money appropriated for the same BRAC number at Fort Carson and apply that to the PCMS with no services, infrastructure, or facilities. It would take a ton more money that the 105 million in the pipe for Carson.
  • by Lori Location: Trinidad on Jun 21, 2007 at 07:37 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.
  • by Troy Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 21, 2007 at 05:49 AM
    If they get all that land it would just be wrong. The Army needs to go play somewhere else. Don't they have the entire country of Iraq to play in? Don't anyone give me that freedom garbage as well your all a bunch of conformists brainwashed by our government.
  • by Erica Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 20, 2007 at 09:15 PM
    This Pinon Canyon Expansion serves as yet another prime example of how our government continues to intrude and interfere in innocent lives. The fact that this is even still up for debate is repulsive and supporters of the expansion should be ashamed of themselves. How dare you assume the land is yours for the taking? How dare you think that your need for "realistic desert training" is more important than generations of hard-working American lives? Go train in a real desert! And leave us alone, PLEASE.
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