2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 22:08:52 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] EXPANSION: Colorado legislation on Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site
Piñon Canyon fans court Ritter's veto

Colorado Springs Gazette (CO)
May 5, 2009

DENVER - Supporters of the Army's efforts to expand the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site launched a campaign Tuesday to persuade Gov. Bill Ritter to veto a measure intended to make expansion impractical.

And they have found a new ally: former Congressman Scott McInnis, who used to represent many of the ranchers who oppose the expansion. The bill, HB1317, was approved by the Legislature last Wednesday. Ritter has not indicated whether he will sign it, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature.

Piñon Canyon, a 235,000-acre tract northeast of Trinidad, is a training ground for Fort Carson. The Army wants to expand the site by at least 85,000 acres, saying it needs more room to simulate the modern battlefield. Local ranchers don't want to sell, and are afraid that despite the Army's assurances it will attempt to seize their land by eminent domain.

Army Secretary Pete Geren, who was at Fort Carson on Tuesday, said he didn't view the state's opposition to selling the Army land as a "show-stopper."


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Lenny Siegel
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