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Idaho Falls Plans to Keep Air Traffic Tower Going after Federal Shutdown

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Eastern Idaho officials say they are looking for ways to keep open the air traffic control tower operating at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport. The airport is one of four in Idaho on the Federal Aviation Administration’s final list of 149 air traffic control facilities that will be closed at small airports around the country.

The Idaho Falls tower is scheduled to lose federal funding May 5. The Post Register reports (http://bit.ly/11m8G4P) that Airport Director Craig Davis says the airport will shift money from maintenance and other areas to keep the tower operating through Oct. 1.

Davis says Idaho Falls officials are committed to paying the tower’s operating expenses after that. But councilwoman Sharon Parry says the city hasn’t made a decision. Davis says it costs about $425,000 annually to keep the tower operating.

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