Congressman: Army Denies Training Site Lease Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Colorado congressman John Salazar says Army officials deny having a deal to lease 70,000 acres of land to expand a southeast Colorado training site.

Salazar told The Pueblo Chieftain in Friday's editions that he asked Army Assistant Secretary Keith Eastin if a deal had been reached, and Eastin said no.

Salazar, a Democrat, says Army officials asked him to endorse a lease agreement for the land, but he declined.

The land is owned by Denver businessman Craig Walker. Walker has said he has made no deal with the Army.

The Army wants to expand the 370-square-mile Pinon Canyon site to about 525 square miles, saying it needs more room to accommodate new weapons, new tactics and additional soldiers.

Many nearby residents oppose the plan.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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