Governor Ritter Signing Bill To Block Army Expansion

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Army's plan to expand a southeast Colorado training site will face another obstacle when Governor Bill Ritter signs a bill barring the use of state land for the project.

Ritter plans to sign legislation Tuesday that prevents the state from selling or leasing land to the Army to add to the Pinon Canyon Maneuver site.

About 20 percent of the land the Army wants for the site is state-owned.

The Army says it needs to expand the site to accommodate new weapons, tactics and soldiers. The plan was announced more than three years ago but has run into opposition from neighboring ranchers and congressional representatives.

Opponents filed a federal lawsuit questioning the environmental impact of the expansion. The case is set to be heard Wednesday.

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  • by TK Location: CS on Jun 3, 2009 at 04:39 AM
    Hey Me I'm guessing it will be Spanish. So should we go to war with Mexico?
  • by Ft. Carson Vet Location: C/S on Jun 2, 2009 at 07:50 PM
    The news hasn't told the entire story. There are people who want to sell, but to speak up means risk of getting burned out. Maybe our senator forgot that it happened the last time the Army wanted to expand. I know people who want to sell, but you can't keep your gun ready all the time. And by the way, the man's right: no one opposing the expansion can actually prove what the Army does or doesn't need - they just parrot what sounds easy to remember.
  • by Anonymous Location: c/s on Jun 2, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    They want us to defend and when we need more room to train (because apparently people don't understand home much room that can take, which Ft. Carson doesn't have enough of)they won't give us the room to train. All I have to say is wow. How do these people stating that the Military "does not need more land" know? How do they know the reasoning behind needing more land?
  • by He is DONE NEXT YEAR on Jun 2, 2009 at 02:41 PM
    Govenor Ritter is an idiot. Vote him out next year.
  • by Edwin A. Halderman, SSgt. USMC (med Location: 1511 Conway Drive on Jun 2, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    you should bring your crew by the house, and SEE HOW THE VA treats the VIETNAM ERA VETERANS!! My Wife is named CHERYL K> HALDERMAN, and the phone number 719-380-5318, with answering servvice, SO LEAVE A MESSAGE! We are here in Colorado Springs, at 1511 Conway Drive. I have lots of stuff you willl be interested in beside the VA issue.
  • by Native to Colorado Location: C/S on Jun 2, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    THANK YOU !!! Governor Bill Ritter a MILLION THANKS to you! I was born in CO and love it here and am so glad someone is finally putting a stop to the Army crying for more land. YES, WE LOVE MILITARY AND ARE, but they do not need more land here. Every state should have a military base. Enough in CO.
  • by Me Location: Colorado on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    We are yet another step closer to speaking a foreign language. No one wants to the military to train in thier backyard so we all better decide what language we wish to speak because FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!
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