By Jack Durham
Press Editor & Reporter
The McKinleyville Community Services District Board of Directors supports changing the name of the local airport to the Redwood Coast Regional Airport.
The board voted unanimously last week to send a letter to the Board of Supervisors in support of changing the name of McKinleyville’s airport, which is called the Arcata-Eureka Airport.
“This is long overdue. Great idea,” declared Director John Corbett.
However, before the board voted on the name, there was an effort to include “Humboldt” in the name. MCSD President Dennis Mayo suggested “Humboldt Redwoods International Airport.”
That didn’t sit well with Director Helen Edwards.
“I don’t want ‘Humboldt’ in there,” she said, noting that the word has negative connotations as a result of the area’s No. 1 agricultural product.
Without Humboldt in the name, “how will Kimmel find us?” asked Director Mayo. He was referring to comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who recently made fun of Humboldt State’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research on an episode of his TV show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” In response, HSU has invited Kimmel to visit the college.
In its letter to the County Board of Supervisors, the MCSD argues that the new name is an inexpensive way to promote more travel to the area.