Skydiving Company In Illinois Valley

By Sharon Ko

MERLIN, Ore. — A skydiving company is interested in making a landing in Josephine County.

Airport officials say a skydiving company in Creswell may possibly move to the Illinois Valley Airport but the plan is still in its beginning stages. There are some concerns about safety and loud noises from the planes. However, officials say it could help draw in tourism.

“There are people who are interested in encouraging economic activity in the Cave Junction area. And this particular business does bring in dozens and dozens of people every weekend to come in and spend money in the area,” says Josephine County Airports manager Larry Graves.

If you would like to voice your concerns, the Illinois Valley Airport is holding a meeting on August 27, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.


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  1. Bob says:

    Win Win situation for IV. I can’t believe people are complaining about the aircraft noise, most small operations use Cessna 182’s. These are the same planes flying in and out of there now, so whats the big deal. This is the typical NIMBY (not in my back yard) mentality that is not needed. If it is the operation that I think it is, the owner is a true professional, as is every one of his employees.

  2. Zinda Colburn says:

    We wholeheartedly support the potential skydiving venue in Southern Oregon!!!!
    Good clean fun and dollars for the local merchants. Why not?

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