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AIR SERVICE EXPANDS FOR HOLIDAYS

American Airlines plans to expand its service between Sioux Gateway Airport and Dallas for the holidays this year.

The airline will add a second daily flight from Sioux City to its hub at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport from Nov. 20 to Nov. 28 and from Dec. 23 to Jan. 5.

In an interview with The Journal, Sioux Gateway Airport Board of Trustees President Darrell Jesse said American will consider making a second flight to Dallas permanent if enough travelers use the holiday flights.

The fact local air service dialogue today is about growth instead of survival provides evidence the city continues to move in the right direction - something the traveling public should appreciate.

DETAILS OF PLYWOOD ROUTES SHARED

For the first time, details of three potential routes for the proposed PlyWood Trail between Sioux City and Le Mars were shared with the public, The Journal reported on Sunday. Presentations were made earlier this month by McClure Engineering at public meetings in Merrill and Hinton.

The routes were: 1) The River Route, which would follow the Floyd River. 2) The Central Route, which would follow Highway 75. 3) The West Route, which would follow Highway 75 at the beginning and end and county roads in the middle.

Again today, we commend volunteer members of the PlyWood committee involved in researching, planning and advocating for construction of the proposed $10 million, 16-mile trail and creation of an endowment for its maintenance.

Because we share the PlyWood committee's passion for trails and its appreciation for the many benefits (economic, as well as health and safety, for examples) they produce, admire the committee's laudable commitment to construction and maintenance of this link without taxpayer money and share the dream of a tri-state, metro-area system of linked trails second to none, we support the PlyWood project.

SPEAKING OF TRAILS …

During a joint meeting between the City Council and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Wednesday, Parks and Recreation Director Matt Salvatore said a February 2018 bid letting is scheduled for a proposed 1.5-mile Riverfront Trail connection.

This section will connect Chautauqua Park to Chris Larsen Park. From Chris Larsen Park, the trail will go under the interstate, cross the Floyd River and stay east of the interstate until it reaches Bacon Creek. The trail will cross the creek, travel back under the interstate, then stay on the west side of I-29 until it connects to Chautauqua Park.

WELCOME

For the first time since 2008, Sioux City this week is hosting the Iowa Tourism Conference.

The event at the Convention Center began Wednesday and wraps up today. Some 300 tourism representatives from across the state are in attendance.

"It's always great to highlight some of the attractions Sioux City has," Erika Newton, the city's Events Facilities Department executive director, said for a story in Wednesday's Journal.

To our visitors, we say: Welcome. Enjoy your stay.

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REVENUE NUMBERS DECLINE AGAIN

Iowa's revenue picture continues to darken.

The Revenue Estimating Conference decreased its projection for fiscal 2018 tax receipts from 4.3 percent to 2.4 percent, or $133 million, The Journal 's Des Moines bureau reported last Friday.

That news followed a report in July from the Legislative Services Agency that said tax receipts for the fiscal year ending June 30 were $104 million below where they needed to be. The LSA report followed downward revisions in fiscal 2017 forecasts by the REC in March 2017, December 2016 and October 2016.

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