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Air Force eyes Huerfano County airspace

Staff Report

WALSENBURG— The US Air Force is seeking imput from public, governmental and non governmental agencies regarding its intent to prepare an Environmental Assessment that will study the potential environment consequences of low altitude tactical navigation .

    The area under consideration covers part of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado including Huerfano and Las Animas Counties on the southern boundry. 

    Proposed training would consist of three training flights per 24-hour period.  This works out to about 688 sorties per year according to Air Force reports.

    The Air Force is accepting public comments through Oct. 4, 2010.  Email comments to:


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