Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fort Carson south? That could be the new name for Piñon Canyon

Posted by on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Wanting to make a tighter link between Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, post officials are talking about renaming the southeastern Colorado training site “Fort Carson South,” the Pueblo Chieftain reports. The full report is here.

  • Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition website

The idea apparently came from Carson commanders, not the Pentagon, and already is shaking some trees among ranchers who oppose expansion of the 238,000-acre site.

Not One More Acre! persuaded Congress in 2008 to ban funding for expansion of the site and in 2009 won a federal court decision to block plans to increase training there.
Ranchers are agitated by the name change, because Pinon Canyon is identified by name in the funding ban, the Chieftain reported.

Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., says he’ll suggest Carson leave the name alone, and Las Animas County Commissioner Mark Louden, an expansion opponent, agreed, calling it “a stupid idea.”



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