Salazar: Army Agrees To Rethink Pinon Canyon Training Site

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Colorado Senator Ken Salazar says the Army has agreed to "go back to the drawing board" on expansion of its Pinon Canyon training site.

The Democrat says the acting secretary of the Army said in a letter Thursday that the Army will talk to residents of southeastern Colorado for additional ideas and suggestions to improve the process. He says the Army will also consider potential economic enhancements for local communities.

The Army wants to expand the Pinon Canyon training site from 368 square miles to more than one-thousand square miles. Officials say the land is needed to accommodate expected growth at Fort Carson and changing training needs.

Area residents and Colorado elected officials are concerned about the impacts on communities in southeastern Colorado, and have said they don't want the Army to force people to sell their land.

Salazar sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates last month asking the Army to come up with a win-win solution.

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