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Santa Maria Public Airport and United Airlines Announce Daily Service Between Santa Maria and Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco

Santa Maria becomes United’s 20th California destination. Santa Maria, CA (January 10, 2020) - Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) and United Airlines today announced brand new daily, nonstop service will begin June 4, 2020 between SMX and Denver International Airport (DEN), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Tickets will be available for purchase …

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Notice of Vacancy (Board of Directors)

Interested persons are hereby notified that pursuant to Public Utilities Code §22406 there is a vacancy on the SANTA MARIA PUBLIC AIRPORT DISTRICT  Board of Directors. The position to be filled is a 4-year term ending December 2020. Applications are available at the Santa Maria Public Airport District Office located at: 3217 Terminal Drive Santa …

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High flyers bring in the crowd

Thousands of people craned their necks and squinted against the sunlight Saturday in an effort to glimpse the warbirds in flight over the Santa Maria Public Airport. Thunder Over the Valley, put on by the Santa Maria Museum of Flight, is expected to attract about 10,000 people for the two-day air show that ends today. …

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GM getting familiar with SMX

Chris Hastert’s first couple of months on the job as the Santa Maria Public Airport’s general manager have been “a little bit of a whirlwind.” He joins the airport at a time when longtime plans call for creating a business park and golf course south of the airfield, extending the runway and expanding airline service …

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Decorated WWII pilot still flying

On Veterans Day, Jim Kunkle Sr. had the thrill of participating in a prestigious ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery honoring those who have defended our country in the military services. His fellow Santa Ynez Valley resident, actress Bo Derek, also took part as mistress of ceremonies, introducing Vice President Dick Cheney, the guest speaker. However, …

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4 compete for 3 seats on airport board

Four candidates are in the running for three seats on the Santa Maria Public Airport District board of directors. Incumbent Carl Engel Jr. and challengers Charles Adams, Hugh Rafferty and Girard Geoffrey Brenneman are on the Nov. 4 ballot. Two incumbents, Don Lahr and John Will, are not seeking another term. Santa Maria's airport is …

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