Statesman: Boise on short-list for F-35, faultline emerges

Sven Berg at the Idaho Statesman reports Boise's Gowen Field is one of five finalists for the Air Force's F-35 program.

This is going to be a contentious program - and seems to fall along a divide laid bare in recent national elections - with elites and some everyday citizens on very different sides.

Boise's Mayor, City Council, Congressional delegation and Governor have all lined up in favor of the program.  But as Boise Guardian notes, hundreds of Boiseans are upset - and feel they have not had a chance to have their voice heard - with worries about noise and property values. KTVB's Morgan Boydston reported last month that about 150 citizens showed up for a public hearing on the future of the Boise Airport to express concerns about the F-35 program, but were shut down by city officials.

A 2012 map provided by the Air Force shows a "not suitable for residential use" area that would include the Simplot Sports Complex, part of Hillcrest Country Club, Hillcrest & Owyhee Elemntaries - and thousands of Boise Bench homes and businesses.

Boise is in the running with four other sites - and the public comment period will likely be quite raucous. 

By Don Day

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