Tiny Alaskan town getting $18.7 million airstrip

08/10/2009 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Despite the fact it's home to fewer than 65 people, the tiny Alaskan town of Takotna is getting a new $18.7 million airstrip complete with night lighting. Critics charge such use of federal stimulus funding is a waste of taxpayer money. Proponents say the 3,300-foot runway is needed to replace a shorter one on a nearby hillside -- the site of several crashes.

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