stepped over the tailgate and onto the bum-
per and slowly eased himself down to solid
ground. He walked over to the sign, looked at
it and frowned.
weeds around the base of the sign, I suppose,
looking for some clue as to how deep the mas-
sive steel pipes might be underneath his feet.
"I should have paid this sign a bit more atten-
tion," he said. "I knew it was here, or I think I
line ran beneath the tattered runway. "My
guess is," I said, "there's only a couple of feet
of dirt between us and the top of that pipeline.
Wherever you put a new runway, you'll have
to lower the pipeline. No way around it."
casts. I wondered what it would cost to lower
a pipeline--a hundred thousand, a million,
Ron Henriksen inspect the 134-acre airport property. Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.