The hum of vintage warbirds and roar of modern military aircraft could be heard in the skies above the Santa Maria Valley as the annual Thunder Over the Valley soared again Sunday at the Santa Maria Public Airport. The 25th annual show this year celebrated a century of Marine Corps aviation.  As part of that […]

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John Collver described the feeling of zooming over the Santa Maria air show crowd in his World War II fighter plane War Dog as similar to a race car driver hugging the curves of a track.  “You feel the G forces and centrifugal force in demonstrating what your airplane is capable of doing,” he said, […]

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A century of Marine Corps aviation will be celebrated during the 25th annual Thunder Over the Valley Air Show this weekend in Santa Maria, highlighted by a rare appearance of an Osprey which can take off and land like a helicopter, but fly at high speed like an airplane. Also planned is a demonstration and […]

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Fuel should start flowing again at the Santa Maria Public Airport if the Board of Directors approves an operation agreement when it meets today at 7:00 p.m. in the airport administration building. The airport has been without fuel service for about a year, which has forced pilots to either call in a tank truck or […]

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Officials Eye Possible Santa Maria-To-Denver Service A grant award to the Santa Maria Public Airport has local officials aiming for a Rocky Mountain high landing. The airport was notified on Friday it had been awarded a Small Community Air Service Development Program Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Airport officials intend to use the […]

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The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and its Economic Development Commission (EDC), in partnership with the city of Santa Maria and the Santa Maria Public Airport District, work every day on providing opportunities for job creation, recruiting new companies and helping our existing businesses expand and grow. It is important that local residents and […]

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The Santa Maria Public Airport Board of Directors will get an update from one of its biggest supporters today when Santa Maria Economic Development Commission Director Dave Cross delivers his annual report.  The Board of Directors meets at the airport administration building at 7:00 p.m.  Airport General Manager Chris Hastert is one of five community […]

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The race for elected offices on the November general election ballot begins in earnest Monday with the opening of the candidate filing period.  The period, during which candidates may file for the offices listed in the guide, closes Aug. 10. If the incumbent in any elected position doesn’t file, the filing period will be extended […]

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