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Our land is our lives essay contest

KIM- Students throughout Southeastern Colorado know their future is at stake.  They worry that the proposed military expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site will devastate their community.

    Now, they will have an opportunity to formally express themselves by entering the “Our Land is Our Lives” essay contest, sponsored by the Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition.

    “My students have anxieties about all the standard teen issues, classes, college applications, friends.  On top of that, they have to wonder if their family ranches and farms will be taken out from under them,” said Connie Haas, a high school teacher in Hoehne.  “This essay contest gives them a great opportunity to express their concerns about a very serious issue within our community.”

    “Right from the start of our campaign, students from across this region have shown their opposition to the proposed expansion,” said PCEOC President Lon Robertson. “They traveled to the Capitol to testify and they’ve written letters to their representatives because they know their future is at stake.

    “We see this contest as another opportunity to make sure their voices are heard,” Robertson said.

    Students can submit essays of up to 750 words in length by email to until June 1, 2008.  PCEOC board members will review the entries to declare a winner on June 15, 2008.  The winner will receive a $500 scholarship and the runner up will receive an iPod. Winning entries will be posted on the PCEOC website,

    PCEOC is a broad-based coalition representing communities across Southern Colorado in their opposition to the proposed military expansion. PCEOC members include business owners, teachers, students, elected officials, ranchers, environmentalists and many others.

    For more information, please see or contact Lon Robertson, 719-980-5114, or Jody Berger 303-748-9657.