In a letter to Boise officials which accompanied the petition, the group said in part, “We, the people are opposed to the basing of F35 Jet aircraft at Boise’s Gowen Field. We request that Mayor David Beiter, the Boise City Council, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, Senator James Risch, Senator Mike Crapo, Representative Mike Simpson, Representative Raul Labrador and the United States Air Force to cease all efforts to promote and consider Boise as a viable site for these aircraft.”
They also wrote to Dr. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, to inform her there was a significant public opposition to basing the loud jet in Boise. In that letter, the group said, “Boise is just not a good fit given its proximity to private homes, schools, churches and businesses. Shoehorning military fighter jets into the existing infrastructure is fraught with environmental and economic downsides. We have been told that should Boise be named that the Air Force will conduct an Environmental Impact Study (EIS). Given that you already did an EIS in 2012 (when F35 basing was considered) nothing material has changed for the better. What has changed is that residential homes are continuing to be built all around the proximity of increasing airport noise.”
Complete letters and files attached.
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