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New airport manager has big dreams – and plans – for the local airfield

New Vale Airport Manager Levi GIlman wants to expand the services at the local airfield. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – Levi Gilman has big plans for Miller Memorial Airpark in Vale.

Gilman, who stepped into the unpaid manager job in April, said he wants to see the small airstrip become a bustling hub of small planes with hangars and powered by a fuel station.

His biggest challenge?

“Finances by far,” said Gilman.

Gilman, 29, is a helicopter pilot who grew up in Kuna, Idaho, but moved to the Vale area to get away from the hustle of a metro area.

Gilman said he believes the Vale airport has potential.

“It has a good chance to grow and give pilots a good place to go. Everybody would rather go to . . .