Good News for the Perry Stokes Airport

According to this article in the Pueblo Chieftain the Perry Stokes Airport here in Las Animas County near Trinidad, Colorado is going to receive some federal funds.

TRINIDAD — The Perry Stokes Airport in Las Animas County will receive federal funding for the rehabilitation of one of its runways.

U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., announced Friday that the airport, east of Trinidad, will receive $225,000 in federal funds for the rehabilitation of its main runway.

The pavement maintenance will include re-marking the runway and will extend the useful life of the pavement to preserve the capacity of the airport.

Salazar, who is a pilot, said in a press release that the funds will help make needed repairs at the Perry Stokes Airport so the facility can maintain its commitment to airport safety.

“As a pilot I’m well aware of the need to develop our rural air-service infrastructure. I’m glad to support this effort, and I will continue to support efforts to maintain the safety of our transportation system and create jobs,” Salazar said.   Las Animas County Deputy Administrator Leslee Fresquez said the contribution by the FAA is important to Las Animas County’s continuing effort to ensure airport-patron safety.

Fresquez said the funding is coming down as an annual federal entitlement that general aviation airports get each year.

“Congress has decided to appropriate about half the money to each airport. We are hoping for a total of $450,000 that we will be able to utilize this spring and summer to rehabilitate the runway,” Fresquez said.

“We are very appreciative at the funding we are receiving, but we are hopeful that we will get a second allocation.”

Las Animas County Commissioner Jim Montoya said the airport is in serious need of rehabilitation.

“This is one of the first steps in fixing our airport. We want to make this airport more self-sufficient, and this paving project will help,” Montoya said.

The airport was built in 1936 as part of the Works Progress Administration project.

In recent years, a major repaving project brought a new taxiway and a new tie-down area that county officials say affords more safety in the refueling area.

The airport sees about 250 aircraft operations each month.