La Junta Balks On Army Expansion Plan

An Army plan to expand a training site in South-Eastern Colorado has received flack from members of the La Junta City Council, who say that the expansion would deter business in the region. The Council also passed a resolution that opposed the Army’s proposal.

Since the issue came up, residents in the area have come out questioning how the land will be aquired and what effect it will have on their farms and property.Last June, Colorado Sen. Wayne Allard successfully put through an amendment that would require the Pentagon to clarify its exact intentions for the expansion, before it can proceed.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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