Campbell commissioners OK air service subsidy

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GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The Campbell County commissioners have agreed to help subsidize air service from Gillette to Salt Lake City and Denver for another year starting July 1.

The Gillette News Record reported Thursday (http://tinyurl.com/qb2tywr) the exact amount isn't yet known because it's calculated quarterly and billed retroactively. It's expected to be about $1.2 million for a year.

Commissioners say they will use the next six months to a year to review options for financing the service.

Utah-based SkyWest provides the service. The company currently gets a total annual subsidy of $1.7 million a year for the Gillette service, with the state paying about two-thirds. SkyWest wants to increase that by $750,000.

The county will ask the city of Gillette to help. Mayor Tom Murphy says the city is considering contributing about $100,000.

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