Lewiston Airport interim manager Bill McKown makes first public appearance at town hall

    (Photo, KLEW)

    After months of division, elected officials with Nez Perce County and the city of Lewiston, as well as Lewis-Clark Valley residents, are agreeing on the latest development at the Lewiston Airport.

    "You could see how everybody was just so eager about a guy like me coming in to help them out," says airport interim manager Bill McKown.

    Tuesday night's town hall meeting became McKown's public introduction. County commissioners went in to the meeting hoping to get public comments on the upcoming three-body airport mediation. Mckown says he agrees with Lewiston Mayor Michael Collins, saying the parties should delay mediation until after he has some time to work on current issues.

    "How're we going to do that when we're trying to do this," McKown says. "Set that aside for a while. Let me have a shot at it."

    But he did share his stance on some of the issues on the table. McKown says he's a strong proponent of the Joint Powers Agreement and does support the idea of getting the city of Clarkson involved.

    "We are one community," he says. "This is the airport for both communities."

    In his brief time in the LC Valley, McKown says the Lewiston Airport isn't dealing with any issues he hasn't encountered before. He says he believes collaboration is the key to moving forward.

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