August 17, 2012: they got the money, and earth is starting to be moved. Soon federal money will be flowing -- whoopee and Bowman will have a new airport. And, get this:
Bowman airport manager Brent Kline says the new facility will have a longer runway to handle private jet traffic from oil companies.For the CEOs of Whiting, CLR, and CHK, I suppose, to use. The runway is probably not big enough for Air Force One, precluding a visit by the president pointing out that "North Dakotans did not build that airport."
At a Tuesday morning meeting at the Bowman County Courthouse, the Bowman County Airport Authority accepted a bid of just short of $3 million to start the dirt work to replace Bowman Municipal Airport.I get a few notes from Chester periodically complaining about all the federal money that goes to North Dakotas -- whoopee -- and this, too, should generate some mail.
Once the dirt work is completed, more bids will go out for the rest of the project, which is estimated to cost $10 million to $12 million, paid for mostly by the Federal Aviation Administration.
To make it easier for Chester: population of Bowman, North Dakota, was about 1,650 in the 2010 census.