Idaho Airport Awarded $876,000 Federal Grant

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) -- The Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport has been awarded a $876,000 federal grant to help pay for a new generator, additional fencing and a card-key access entry system.

About $46,000 from Nez Perce County and the city of Lewiston will also support the project, which was approved by Nez Perce County commissioners earlier this week.

The upgrades were designed to bring the airport into compliance with federal standards created after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

''This project has been a long time coming,'' said Robin Turner, airport manager. ''This was part of a master plan and a series of projects, but then Sept. 11 came along and changed a lot of that by federal mandate.''

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