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The way it was: Governor in town -- 2000
At a luncheon in Lander, Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer, left, shared a meal with State Rep. Del McOmie of Lander, pictured on Jan. 11, 2000. File photo

The way it was: Governor in town -- 2000

Jan 6, 2014 - Staff

When Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer visited Lander shortly after the new year in 2000, he spoke on a familiar topic -- air service.

Great Lakes Airlines hadn't had a good holiday season, with numerous cancellations at Riverton Regional Airport due primarily to crew shortages.

The airline was "trying real hard," said Geringer, a Republican who was halfway through his second term. "Great Lakes was really slammed hard with pilot losses, especially to United Airlines."

Sound familiar? Recent FAA requirements have put the airline in a pilot crisis again this year, with less experienced pilots no longer eligible and more experienced pilots hire by bigger carriers, conditions in 2014 sound very similar to those of 2000.

Back then, Gov. Geringer said he knew Great Lakes CEO Doug Voss "is as frustrated as the folks in (Fremont County), but over time I expect it to work out."

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