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Congressman Greg Walden is taking issue with the Federal Aviation Administrations' proposed budget change what could cost taxpayers more. In a letter to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Walden objects to a proposed elimination of the Contract Tower Program. The program used at many smaller airports like Redmond, Klamath Falls and Medford uses contracted licensed private air traffic controllers instead of government employees at about half the cost. Walden says with all Americans learning to do more with less it does not make sense to eliminate the contract tower program and employ FAA employees costing substantially more. Currently, there are 246 airports nationwide, including six in Oregon that will be affected by the change.  Those 246 towers handle about 27% of all domestic tower operations while accounting for just 9% of the FAA's overall budget.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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