Category Archives: General

Marine training kicks off today on Central Coast

By Janene Scully/Associate Editor janscully@santamariatimes.com Santa Maria Times | Posted: Friday, July 8, 2011 A contingent of Marines and sailors will prep for future missions in the Middle East by practicing their skills on the Central Coast later this month. The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Pendleton will train locally from today through July …

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US Air Force auxiliary’s program grooms cadets to be future leaders

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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Santa Maria Airport board seeks to fill vacancy

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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Board OKs costs of land-use plan, runway extension

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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Santa Maria Airport board member Ted Eckert dies

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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Santa Maria Airport 2011-12 Budget flying higher than normal

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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Budget, runway extension top agenda

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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Illustrious aviation legacy continues

The Santa Maria Public Airport continues the legacy of the city’s illustrious aviation history. Occupying 2,600 acres at the city’s southwest corner, the airport — also known as Capt. G. Allan Hancock Field — lies west of Highway 135 between Betteravia and Foster roads. The terminal, with its unique undulating roof line, is reached via …

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Second phase of runway project headed out to bid

By Brian Bullock/Staff Writer bbullock@santamariatimes.com Santa Maria Times | Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 12:00 am | The Santa Maria Public Airport Board of Directors cleared the way Thursday for the second phase of its runway extension project, voting unanimously to put the project out to bid.  Board secretary Ted Eckert was absent from the …

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Bomber brings back WWII memories for Nipomo man

High winds sweeping along the Santa Maria Public Airport runway couldn’t keep 88-year-old Joel Johnson from crossing the tarmac for an up-close look at a restored B-17 parked outside the Radisson hotel Tuesday.  A 10-year Nipomo resident, Johnson fought back tears as he examined the World War II bomber nicknamed Aluminum Overcast.  “Strange. Strange,” he …

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