Palisade board moves forward with shooting range

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Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) - The Town of Palisade may be getting a new shooting range.

At Tuesday night’s board of trustees meeting, an updated presentation was given to the board on the potential range.

The board will share the presentation with the Department of Wildlife, who will then present the plan to Excel Energy. Excel Energy owns the land where the proposed range would be located-- the old Cameo plant.

Palisade's Mayor Rodger Granat says the benefits would stretch beyond his small town.

"This is going to give them the opportunity to come out and shoot in a controlled environment. The Town of Palisade is going to benefit the entire western slope and the Grand Valley will benefit. It’s going to benefit everybody in the valley," says Granat.

The range would be located off I-70 at exit 47, where the old power plant used to be.

Also at Tuesday night’s board or trustees meeting a local group, GVCNP, made a pitch for the re-designation of the Colorado National Monument. The group wants the National Monument to become a National Park. They argue this would help bring in more tourist business to the Grand Valley.

The group claims that the last time a name and status change was brought up, people were not educated on the benefits for the change.

The board agreed and is supporting the idea with a favorable resolution.

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