Texas businessman-turned Valdez resident Larry Reynolds has signed an agreement to purchase the state’s infamous Westwind II aircraft. The jet was bought by former Governor Frank Murkowski in 2005 over the objections of the Legislature. The move drew criticism from fiscal conservatives who felt it was not needed. Renyolds paid $2.1 million for the plane, about $500,000 less than Governor Murkowski paid for it. The sale will be complete once the funds are transfered into the state’s bank account. The Palin administration says they anticipate that taking place tomorrow.
Amy Bracken, KCHU – Valdez