Court Date With JetAway Yields No Answers for Montrose County
by Kati O'Hare
Feb 23, 2012 | 1571 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MONTROSE - Montrose County was in federal court on Feb. 17 in its ongoing six-year battle with JetAway Aviation.

JetAway has accused the county of violating antitrust laws and the county has asked for a summary judgment on that case, according to county officials.

On Feb. 17 in Denver, Federal District Judge Richard Matsch, known for presiding over the trial of Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing case, listened to Jetaway's reasoning as to why the case should go to trial, Montrose County Commissioner David White said in a recent interview with The Watch.

White said he walked out of court "befuddled."

The judge heard oral arguments but had not yet read the depositions or the notes from county commissioners that were submitted in the case, he said.

White then added, "The judge said he had a lot of reading to do and then took recess."

County attorney Robert Hill said the judge is taking the arguments under advisement and will issue a decision in the near future.

The county has been battling JetAway in court since the county awarded Fixed Base Operator status to Black Canyon Jet Center instead of JetAway in 2005.

In July 2011, a district judged ruled that the county commissioners did not overstep their authority in subsequently denying the company access to the airport.

That judge also ruled that JetAway must pay the county's legal fees.

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