The public meeting recently held at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site was discussed at the Otero County Commissioners meeting on Monday afternoon, and a letter is being drafted concerning that meeting.

The public meeting recently held at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site was discussed at the Otero County Commissioners meeting on Monday afternoon, and a letter is being drafted concerning that meeting. The meeting concerning an environmental impact study was held on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. at the maneuver site, located off State Highway 350 between Trinidad and La Junta. The proposals discussed do not involve the expansion of the maneuver site territory but do involve the following, taken from the army's news release:

"The draft environmental impact statement assesses the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of proposed establishment and use of new brigade-level training intensity measures, brigade training period equipment compositions and training methods, and use of the Stryker family of vehicles at the maneuver site; aviation gunnery (non-explosive), flare, electronic jamming system, laser targeting, demolition, unmanned aerial system, and unmanned ground vehicle training; airspace reclassification; and drop zone development."

Those unable to attend the meeting can submit comments in writing to Fort Carson NEPA Program Manager, Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division, 1626 Evans Street, Building 1219, Fort Carson, CO 80913-4362 or by email to usarmy.carson.imcomcentral.list.dpw-ed-nepa@mail.mil.

 However, Doug Holdread of the Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition has voiced the opinion that a meeting on base and at an inconvenient time does not constitute a real public meeting, and Kevin Karney and the Otero County Commissioners agree with him. Karney cites the impact of low-flying aircraft and other activities on the livestock and wildlife in the area and the impact on the historic Santa Fe Trail area.