A prisoner at Four Mile Correctional Center in Cañon City, Colo. pulls a net full of tilapia out of the water for processing. This tilapia is then sold to Whole Foods markets across the Rocky Mountain region.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media
Along the banks of the upper Arkansas River sits a very diverse farm: three different dairy operations, pheasants, lobster and tilapia farms, acres of corn, blackberry bushes, even antique tractor restoration. But there's a twist.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, center, exits the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility in Las Animas, Colo., on Wednesday after touring the facility. Hickenlooper has proposed closing the facility due to budget concerns.
Bent County officials are busy sketching out their next steps now that closure of Fort Lyon Correctional Facility is imminent.
The good news is leaders have more time to attract a new tenant to the building than originally thought. That’s because the Joint Budget Committee decided earlier this week change the closure date of the prison to March 1, 2011.