Friday, May 18, 2018

Business owners and pilot among finalists for county's vacant airport board seats: Lewiston–Nez Perce County Airport (KLWS)

The field of candidates has been narrowed for two seats on the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport Authority board.

The Nez Perce County Commission has interviewed six people who were selected from a group of 16 applicants.

They are Gary Peters, Verl Long, Rich Rogers, Joseph Gish, Dale Alldredge and Anthony Maiorana.

Peters is a heavy equipment dealer who is building an aviation museum and hangars on the airport's southside business park. Long is an existing board member. Rogers is a semiretired car dealer who is filling a seat on the board temporarily.

Gish is a Horizon Air pilot based in Spokane who graduated from Lapwai High School. Alldredge is president of Rousseau Company, a Clarkston maker of work stands and accessories for woodworkers and contractors. He also is a minority partner in MAP Travel, a travel agency at the Lewiston airport. Maiorana is owner of Jetco Machine and Fabrication in Asotin.

The Nez Perce County Commission may discuss the issue at 9 a.m. today. A final decision is expected during a 1:30 p.m. meeting Monday. Both meetings will be held in the Brammer Building at 1225 Idaho St.

The others who sought the county appointments were:

Mike Lorenz, a construction contractor
James Durfey, of Hinrichs Trading Company
Doug Black, a member of Friends of the Airport
Michelle Bly, a principal and vice president of business development at TD&H Engineering in Lewiston
Theodore Powell, an equipment repair technician
Shawn Wentworth, a landscaper
Ryan Burnett, a certified public accountant
Branden Beier, president of Alternative Nursing Services
Billy Jenkins, a Walgreens manager
Manderson "Mandy" Miles, an attorney.

The commission will appoint two people to the five-seat airport authority board. The county owns the airport with the city of Lewiston, which also names two people to the board. Those four members select a fifth person.

Both entities sought applicants for their seats after revising the joint-powers agreement, which governs airport operations. The revision included a provision requiring all seats being vacated by May 23 to allow the formation of a new board.

The city and county took action because the board had essentially ceased functioning over disagreements about a number of issues, including how to operate the airport and supervise manager Stephanie Morgan.

Original article can be found here ➤

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