We just posted a story on the first candidates for the new 15-member authority being formed to search for a new airport location in Orange County.
Two of the names are familiar: former Town Chapel Hill Town Councilman Joe Capowski and former council candidate and frequent council critic Will Raymond. Capowski is seeking the town's one seat. Raymond is seeking one of the county's three seats.
The third is a fellow named Russell Day. He's an almost pilot who's worked in ground services at different airports for 10 years but is currently working as a carpenter and finishing a screenplay about "a pilot who falls in love with a whore who becomes a stockbroker." It's set in the '80s, he says, which I guess explains all that.
Day has a novel idea. He suggests putting the airport on the site of the current Orange County landfill, already a transportation hub area.
"It's been done before," Day says. "You've got UPS over there. You've got the train tracks over there. You've got the highway. To me it looks like an ideal location."
Read more about the airport authority here.