TSA spreading its wings beyond airports

Freedom New Mexico Weren’t airport pat downs enough? The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its reach of checkpoints and control far beyond protecting airports. “TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass-transit locations around the country,” the Los Angeles Times reported. Ray Dineen, the air marshal […]

Local airports land funds for improvements

By Tony Parra U.S. senators from New Mexico announced Thursday that the Portales and Clovis municipal airports will receive more than $1.36 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to maintain and expand their airports. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. announced that the Portales airport would receive $470,895 to reconstruct […]

Airport plans for future

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Tom Baca, director of Aviation for the State of New Mexico Department of Transportation, emphasized to Portales and Clovis airport officials to plan for the future if they want money. Baca said many funding options could arise for the airports either through federal, state moneys or private investors. All of […]

Don’t fear airplanes, fear airports

By Jim Lee A couple of weeks ago, I flew for the first time (on an airplane) since 9/11. I expected to enjoy myself about as much as a giraffe with strepthroat, but I looked forward to finding something to complain about. It all started with my deciding to attend a Kiwanis district conference. As […]

Taxpayers keep airport up and running.

Mike Linn Airport officials have managed to keep the Portales Municipal Airport in tip-top shape thanks to grant money even after a subpar year in revenues. The airport pulled in almost $83,000 in revenues in 2003, between $40,000 and $50,000 less than reported in a year prior to 9/11, Airport Manager Ray Pallares said. The […]