Getting a civil education Cadet Tech. Sgt. David Herrera stood tall and authoritative in his uniform as the rest of the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 101 cadet flight climbed the stairs to their meeting room at the Santa Maria Public Airport.  Moments before, the 14-year-old David who has been in the squadron’s cadet program for […]

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By Brian Bullock / Staff Writer / bbullock@santamariatimes.com Santa Maria Times | Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 The Santa Maria Public Airport District board of directors has begun the process of filling the seat left vacant by the death of longtime member Ted Eckert. The board directed General Manager Chris Hastert to post a notice […]

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Last year, the Santa Barbara County Associations of Governments received a $90,000 state grant to update the county’s Airport Land Use Plan. The problem is the project will cost $120,000 and the association is asking the airports to cover the additional cost. The Santa Maria Public Airport Board of Directors on Thursday approved of contributing […]

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Retired Air Force colonel served on the board for 20 years Retired Air Force Col. Ted Eckert, known for his steady hand and solid guidance while serving on the Santa Maria Public Airport District Board of Directors for 20 years, died Tuesday night after a lengthy illness. Eckert, 75, who later worked as a flight […]

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The 2011-12 fiscal year is going to be atypical for the Santa Maria Public Airport with an $8 million runway extension project under way and preparations for its long-awaited business park under development.  So the 2011-12 Budget isn’t going to be like many others, either, and the airport’s board of directors looked at that issue […]

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The Santa Maria Public Airport board of directors will consider the district’s 2011-12 budget and some runway extension contracts tonight at a meeting that was postponed from last week.  The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the Airport Administration building. Unlike cities, counties and public schools that rely on dwindling or disappearing state funding, […]

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