Alpine Airpark raises $207k for city of Alpine

STAR VALLEY, Wyo. — It’ll be no trick and all treat in Alpine this weekend as representatives of the Alpine Airpark will host a celebration and present the city of Alpine with a check for $207,730.

The Airpark board of directors and the Refuge Air Ranch on the Airpark will host a community event at the airport this Saturday, October 31, from noon to 3:00 p.m. to celebrate aviation as a form of recreation in the area, and to hand deliver their donation to city officials.

Mayor Kennis Lutz and Senator Dan Dockstader will be on hand to accept check presented by Airpark directors Brian Rowser and Bill Wiemann. The money will be divided among local Emergency Medical Services, the Fire Department, the library, the new Alpine Hospital, and a new skating rink, all part of an ongoing effort by the airport community to support the town.

Steven Funk, developer of the Refuge Air Ranch at the Airpark, who led the fundraising efforts, will also make remarks Saturday.

“We are grateful to the Alpine Airpark for their continued support of our town as we grow,” Mayor Lutz said. “This gesture goes a long way for our local services.”

Dockstader added, “When communities help communities, we all benefit. We are pleased that our local aviators have brought so much to the region, adding their very special form of fun to Wyoming’s vast array of recreation options. In times when our state is anticipating cuts that may affect our local government funding, this support is crucial to helping our communities maintain important emergency services and community facilities such as the Alpine Library and the new Alpine hospital. This support contributes so very much to the families in this community.”

It will be a Halloween-themed event with firetrucks, airplanes, and treats for the kids. Families are encouraged to attend and enjoy the festivities at 149 South Refuge Parkway (Lot 2) near the entrance to the Refuge at Alpine Airpark from the runway. Guides will be present to direct attendees to parking and the event.

Tours of the airport will be provided, and representatives of the new hospital development, Emergency Medical Services, the Fire Department, and the Library will be on hand to discuss community initiatives.

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