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Airport Adds Sono Bono Concourse

October 29, 2002

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) _ The Sonny Bono Concourse has been added to the Palm Springs International Airport.

Bono, of the ’60s singing duo Sonny & Cher, was the area’s congressman until his death in a 1998 skiing accident.

Earlier this year, officials designated a 40-mile stretch of Interstate 10 as the Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway. The section runs from just west of the Highway 111 cutoff near Palm Springs to Dillon Road in the Coachella area.

Downtown, there’s a life-size statue of Bono, who once served as mayor of Palm Springs. A wildlife refuge at the Salton Sea also is named after him.

``He opened a door to help focus on tourism and entertainment,″ airport commissioner Bert Engelhardt said last week.

He said Bono was instrumental in several phases of the airport’s development.

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