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.)
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus