LAS ANIMAS, Colo. (AP) – Gov. John Hickenlooper visited southeastern Colorado on Tuesday to talk with employees at a rural prison that’s closing because of budget cuts.
Hickenlooper updated prison staff about finding another use for the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility in Las Animas. He also spoke with community leaders in Bent County.READ MORE: Report Shows RTD Union Station Problems Festering For Years: 1/3 In Survey Feel Safety At Risk When Using RTD
Closing the prison next year was part of the budget lawmakers approved this year.READ MORE: Sabrina Spellman Makes An Appearance On The CW's Riverdale; Kiernan Shipka Reveals 'Fans Will Get Some Clarity'
Residents near the prison say it’s a big employer for the region and local officials are worried about the economic impact of its closure. Lawmakers and the governor’s office have been talking with county leaders about finding another use.
Hickenlooper’s office proposed the prison’s closure, saying it’s old and too expensive to operate.MORE NEWS: Denver City Council Plans Final Vote On Flavored Tobacco Ban
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