Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Fairfield meets to gather views on new airport

The city of Fairfield will hold two public meetings to discuss whether Camas County should support or reject being designated as the site for a possible new airport to replace Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey.

The meetings are scheduled for Aug. 24 and Sept. 15. Fairfield Mayor David Hanks said Monday that times and places for the meetings had not been set, but probably would be announced next week.

One of the 16 possible locales for an airport includes site No. 13 east of Fairfield. Actor Bruce Willis, who operates nearby Soldier Mountain ski resort, has offered land at no cost in the area.

However, vigorous opposition to an airport has crystallized in Camas County since site No. 13 was one of three picked by a 25-member committee as a finalist for review by the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority.

Meanwhile, the Lincoln County Commission will decide at its meeting Monday, Aug. 8, whether and when to hold a public meeting to discuss the designation of site No. 9, north of the city of Shoshone, as a possible site for a new airport.

Separately, the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority has set Sept. 28 for a public meeting to explain the impact involved in expanding Friedman to meet safety standards dictated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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