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BOCC approves resolution to support air service

SHERIDAN — The Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution at its staff meeting Monday that will potentially start the process of enhancing commercial air service in Sheridan County.

Resolution #14-02-005 states that the commissioners approve of the Critical Air Service Team filing an application to receive funds from the state to subsidize air service at Sheridan County Airport. The Critical Air Service Team is a nonprofit organization comprised of local citizens and government officials formed to help establish reliable air service for the county.

C.A.S.T. will apply to the Wyoming Air Service Enhancement Account, maintained by the Wyoming State Aeronautics Commission, for $1.5 million to help subsidize air service. Currently Sheridan County has a draft contract with SkyWest Airlines, a regional carrier, to provide scheduled air service between Sheridan and Denver, according to the resolution.

The resolution also states that Sheridan County and Johnson County will divide $700,000 in matching funds for a total subsidy amount of $2.2 million.

Sheridan County will be responsible for $539,000. These funds are expected to come from the county, the city of Sheridan and donations from businesses and private citizens in a model that is similar to how Cody provides air service, County Administrative Director Renee Obermueller said.

The request for air service enhancement funds will be considered by the Wyoming Legislature in the session that begins today.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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