President Biden plans new national monument in Colorado: report

LEADVILLE, Colo. (KDVR) – President Joe Biden will visit Colorado this week and designate a World War II military training area as a national monument, KDVR has learned from Nexstar.

The Biden administration is preparing to designate Camp Hale, an alpine training ground used during World War II to preserve the area and spur the re-election campaign of the state’s senior senator Michael Bennet, a person familiar with the process said to Associated Press.

The appointment is expected to come when the president joins Bennet, a fellow Democrat, and other elected officials in Colorado, according to the person, who declined to be identified to discuss the appointment before it is officially announced. Bennet is embroiled in a re-election campaign with Republican businessman Joe O’Dea, during which the Democrat has urged Biden to preserve Camp Hale, about 20 miles south of Vail.

It was at this camp that soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division trained in the harsh, wintry conditions of the Rocky Mountains in preparation for combat in the Italian Alps during World War II. After the war, many returned to Colorado and played instrumental roles in establishing the state’s ski industry.

Lawmakers have pushed for the Camp Hale memorial

Despite opposition from Republican officials in the state, Colorado’s Democratic lawmakers have now made it to the finish line as they seek to upgrade Camp Hale’s conservation status to national monument status.

For more than a decade, Colorado lawmakers have attempted to have the site protected as a national monument under the CORE Act.

Bennet, who was one of the officials who led the push for the designation, retweeted a Twitter post from the granddaughter of one of those who trained at Camp Hale.

Camp Hale, which will soon become a national monument. (Chris Muff)

“My grandfather trained at Camp Hale and, after his army career, was inspired by the surrounding landscapes to fight for the wilderness. It would be wonderful for @POTUS to label this country to inspire others. Many Thanks @SenatorBennet for your ongoing efforts,” Kerry Donovan said in the tweet.

This is the second time Biden has visited Colorado this year and the third of his presidency. In January he toured the Marshall Fire devastated area with the First Lady and last September he toured the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Arvada and spoke about the importance of clean energy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. President Biden plans new national monument in Colorado: report

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