Category Archives: General

DC-10 Air Tanker Fights Fresno Fire from Santa Maria

Plane Delivers 11,600 Gallons per Flight One of the nation’s largest aerial firefighting tankers has been flying out of Santa Maria Public Airport the last two days to battle a wildfire burning in the Sierra National Forest northeast of Fresno. The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 made its second flight from Santa Maria to the Aspen Fire …

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Amelia Earhart Honored at Library Event

Aviator’s History given to Raise Awareness about Library Resources Patricia Lynn, a local pilot, strapped on an aviator’s hat and goggles, tied a red scarf around her neck and wore a brown jacket Wednesday, in honor of the woman she was dressed to portray — celebrated aviator Amelia Earhart. Lynn participated in Altrusa International of …

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Thunder Over the Valley Canceled

Officials Cite Lack of Funding The 2013 Thunder Over the Valley Air Show has been canceled, a victim of federal budget cuts and, to an extent, its own success, its organizer said Monday. Mike Geddry Sr., chief executive officer for the Santa Maria Museum of Flight, said he was “devastated” by the decision, but that …

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Santa Maria Airport Sweetens Incentives for Carrier

Board Approves $1 Million in Support Package 2013-07-14T00:30:00Z SM Airport sweetens incentives for carrierBrian Bullock/bbullock@santamariatimes.com Santa Maria Times The Santa Maria Public Airport is upping its ante in the game to land commercial passenger service to a Midwest hub. The airport has enhanced its Airlines Support Program in the hope of enticing a carrier to land …

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Allegiant Giving away Plane Tickets

Allegiant recently kicked off its Dodge High Fares campaign and is giving away a free round-trip ticket each week through August at dodgehighfares.com. In the Dodge High Fares campaign, Allegiant is asking Santa Maria residents to tell the company what they would dodge with a free vacation. Allegiant also reported that since it first arrived …

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Junior Firefighter Camp Lets Kids Reach New Heights

Local 2020 Rescues Annual Event from Budget Cuts 2013-07-12T00:45:00Z Junior Firefighter Camp lets kids reach new heightsBrian Bullock/bbullock@santamariatimes.com Santa Maria Times Seventy-five feet nearly straight up probably never looked so high to 8-year-old Owen Rich, one of 35 local children participating this week in the Santa Maria Fire Department’s Junior Firefighter Camp. The 110-foot ladder …

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‘Old Timers of Santa Maria’ organized over dinner in 1923

89th annual Pioneer Picnic This year’s picnic is slated for Saturday, July 13, at Pioneer Park on west Foster Road.  For information, call Jane at 937-4405, Karen at 922-9295 or email the Santa Maria Pioneer Association at tsmvpa@gmail.com. The Pioneer Association, originally named “The Old Timers of Santa Maria,” was organized at a dinner meeting …

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Despicable Sight Over Central Coast

There were only happy smiles, and no alarmed screeches, as a giant, one-eyed, yellow, alien-looking creature sailed over the Central Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday. The unusual sight was the Despicablimp, advertising the movie “Despicable Me 2,” in theaters next Wednesday. Even blimps need an energy boost sometimes, and the aircraft stopped to gas up …

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Plane crash simulated at SMX

Casualty Drill Held as Training Exercise Local emergency responders experienced the training benefits of a plane crash without the tragedy during an exercise Wednesday. The drill held Wednesday morning at the Santa Maria Public Airport simulated a mass-casualty plane crash involving 40 to 50 passengers with a post-crash fire and a fuel leak. A school …

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White Fire under control

Crews Completing, Improving Fire Lines; Mopping Up Hot Spots By the numbers Location: 6 miles north of Santa Barbara Size: 1,984 acres as of Wednesday Percent contained: 90 percent expected by 6 p.m. Wednesday Estimated cost: $1.5 million Resources (Committed for Wednesday): 6 air tankers, 2 air attack planes, 12 helicopters, 14 crews, 33 engines, …

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