In Other News City Rejects Tower Variance to Protect Dyess AFB School

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The city of Abilene’s Board of Adjustment unanimously denied a company’s request to vary the height of an existing telecommunications tower located about 9 miles from the south end of the runway at Dyess AFB, Texas, over concerns about its impact on the installation’s current and future missions. The proposed, 700-foot structure would have been 241 feet higher than the existing tower, reported the Abilene Reporter-News. Officials at Dyess AFB opposed the request, stating it would interfere with approach procedures. The FAA concluded the tower would not pose a hazard to aviation. … Redirecting federal impact aid funds into education savings accounts for military families — an idea now being promoted by the Heritage Foundation — would shortchange their children’s schooling while harming local school districts, according to an op-ed by Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association, and Hilary Goldmann, executive director of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools. “This private school voucher scheme would undermine the work of public school districts, deny students (including students with disabilities, military-connected students and Native American students) legal protections, reduce accountability and burden taxpayers,” they state. … The Flint Hills Regional Council is hoping to obtain a $402,000 grant shortly from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to implement recommendations from the updated joint land use study for Fort Riley, Kan., completed last year. The 2005 study failed to prompt significant changes, with officials citing the lack of specific recommendations for individual communities as a shortcoming, reports the Mercury.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarverlast_img

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