McInnis urges Ritter to veto Pinon Canyon bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Former U.S. Congressman Scott McInnis is urging Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to veto a bill that would bar the sale or lease of land in southeast Colorado to expand an Army training site.

McInnis says he sent the letter to the governor because he thinks it would be a mistake for the state to interfere in negotiations for use of the land.

McInnis also says he also fears the legislation will be used in congress to demonstrate statewide opposition to the project.

The Army says it needs more room to accommodate new weapons, new tactics and additional soldiers, but many ranchers near Pinon Canyon oppose the move, warning it could permanently damage range land.

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