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TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2007, 4:43 P.M.

Extra! 2 Commissioners OK Boyington Name Change …

Item: Coeur d'Alene Airport gets new name: Field to honor World War II hero Pappy Boyington/Erica Curless, Spokesman-Review

Jesse Tinsley/Spokesman-Review

Nah, Alice Rankin isn't seeing a younger man. That's Spencer (with the superhero hair). Here, she's thanking Commissioners Todd Tondee and Rich Piazza for voting to rename the county airport field after WWII hero Pappy Boyington, a Coeur d'Alene native.

The Kootenai County Commission voted this afternoon to rename the county airport after World War II Medal of Honor recipient and North Idaho native Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, after more than a year of controversy. The new name is now “Coeur d’Alene Airport/ Pappy Boyington Field. Commissioners Todd Tondee and Rich Piazza both voted for the proposal by local Marine veterans, saying Boyington was a “heroes hero” and the name could spark an interest in history and the veterans who have fought for this country. Commission Chairman Rick Currie remained opposed to adding Boyington’s name to the county-owned airport but abstained instead of voting against the proposal.

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