Pueblo Commissioners Say Army Plan Would Ruin Rancher's Lives

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Pueblo, Colo. (AP) Pueblo county commissioners approved a resolution saying the army's plan to expand a Fort Carson training site would wreck the lives of ranchers in the area.

The resolution has no legal power but commissioners are planning to send it to Colorado's congressional delegation in the hopes they will block funding for the Pinon Canyon expansion.

The army's proposal would almost triple the size of the current Fort Carson maneuver site to about 1,000 square miles in southeast Colorado. They army says it needs the room to train more soldiers on new weapons and tactics.

commissioners say in the resolution the proposed expansion would cause “untold damage” to the area and ruin the dreams of ranchers who have lived off the land for generations. Commissioners approved the resolution unanimously Tuesday.