A long-festering conflict between southeast Colorado ranchers and the Pentagon slipped into a wary truce Monday, when a senior Army official announced a strategic retreat from plans to expand the 367-square-mile Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. The move, coming after months of unofficial hints and assura ... More >>
As the Pentagon contemplates different ways to achieve reductions in force in the ramp-down from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, business leaders in Colorado Springs are pushing for a plan that would actually bring more troops to Fort Carson -- while ranchers battling expansion of a maneuver site in s ... More >>
In the long struggle by southern Colorado residents opposing expansion of the Army's Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, one of the most striking aspects of the story has been the broad range of support for that effort, which has united local ranchers, environmentalists, preservationists, business in ... More >>
Scott Tipton.Under pressure from ranchers to take as strong a stand against Army expansion in southern Colorado as his Democrat predecessor, freshman Republican congressman Scott Tipton managed to get a funding ban reinstated in a bill yesterday, earning him kudos from some of his sharpest cr ... More >>
Scott TiptonRanchers in southeast Colorado battling the Army's grand expansion schemes for the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site watched in dismay this week as a congressional subcommittee removed from its budget bill a provision that has kept the military from acquiring additional land for the 367 ... More >>
Rich in history and imperiled species, Pinon Canyon isn't like any other place on earth. Locals fear that the Army wants to tear the hell out of it.
Artillery ranges and tank maneuvers on fragile grasslands. Depopulated farm towns, suitable for urban warfare exercises for thousands of troops. A military installation the size of Massachusetts, sprawling across southern Colorado from Trinidad to the Kansas border. If you're going to plan, p ... More >>
Last month's Kumbaya moment, which featured most of Colorado's top GOPs uniting behind gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis and the Republican Party's Platform for Prosperity, did not resound in southeastern Colorado. They're singing a different song near Pinon Canyon, a stunning swathe of ... More >>