Monday, June 14, 2010

Candidates to present views on Pinon Canyon expansion

The Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition will be hosting an event called the 'Pinon Canyon Preservation Festival' from 1pm to 8pm on June 19th, in Kim, CO. Besides information and art displays at multiple locations in the town of Kim, there will be a BBQ dinner, music, poets and a silent auction. This festival will also be an opportunity for many elected officials and candidates to present their views and proposed actions relative to ending the expansion of Pinon Canyon. The Army still desires to expand the 238,000-acre PCMS and refuses to follow court orders to limit activity to historic use levels, made by Federal Judge Matsch. Building out of the current site continues, which is also ignoring the congressional ban on expansion as well as most other laws and regulations that were placed to provide oversight of and accountability by the military regarding efforts to expand Pinon Canyon. "Once again, the Army pushes the envelope as if the law doesn't apply to them." Said Lon Robertson, rancher and President of the PCEOC. "People don't realize that they continue to push the expansion by adding buildings, resources and other functions to the current site, a build out that was ordered stopped by Federal Judge Matsch last year. And we intend to keep this out in public view to press our candidates and elected officials for action to hold them accountable and put an end to this effort once and for all."...

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