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By Dough Herlihy

There's something in the air about the Goldendale airport


Out on the road past the Klickitat Fairground lies the quiet Goldendale City Airport. Some days the only activity is passing tumbleweed. Owned by the City of Goldendale, it sits in the county beyond city limits, perhaps suffering an historical indifference by a city government whose traditional focus has been on community interests and events other than aviation. A few airplanes are parked, tied down to a cable, but there are no hangars, no fuel to buy. The phone booth is abandoned, its handset dangling, unconnected. A plastic port-a-potty offers the only flight crew rest stop. The occasional radio call on its “common traffic advisory frequency” rarely is answered. But that’s OK; th...

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