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By BILL McMILLEN
The Daily News

Jul 15, 2021 1:58 AM

BULLHEAD CITY — The Mohave County Airport Authority Board of Directors on Tuesday approved the appointment of two new directors, returning the board to full strength.

The airport authority operates Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport in Bullhead City.

“A full slate of board members is great and allows us to continue to conduct business and get things done,” said Jeremy Keating, director of Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport.

During an executive session near the end of Tuesday’s meeting, current board members added Jackie Wallin and Troy Teske to fill the two vacant spots.

Wallin is president and CEO of the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce and the Laughlin Tourism Commission. Teske is an officer for the Bullhead City Police Department.

“It’s good to be at full strength,” said board President Ardie Lauxman, who earlier this year became the board’s fourth president in a little more than three years.

Wallin and Teske join a board comprised of Lauxman, Vice President Denise Berry, Treasurer Ray Winslow, Secretary Jena Morga and Director Frank Sapp.

“We have a fantastic board with a wealth of diversified experience and knowledge, so it’s exciting,” Keating said.

Before appointing the two new members, the board approved the five-year capital improvement plan, advanced a draft of the airport master plan to be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration and approved the 2021-2022 airport authority budget.

Keating said anticipated revenue in the new fiscal year remains “significantly lower than pre-COVID,” but was beginning to show signs of a rebound.

Federal relief funds have helped the airport — and similar facilities around the country impacted by a decline in air travel and general aviation during the pandemic — fill massive budget gaps.

“The Cares Act and CRRSAA (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act) grants have been absolutely life-saving for our airport,” Keating said.

The five-year airport capital improvement plan is a requirement by the FAA.

“The ACIP allows us to show the FAA our capital improvement needs and we assemble quite the experienced team to maximize grant funding for crucial airport projects,” Keating said.

The master plan, meanwhile, typically is updated once every 10 years.

“We’ve been working on the document and process for the last 18 months or so,” Keating said. “Now, we submit the document to the FAA for their review and comments.”

The MCAA Board of Directors meets quarterly. The next meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 12 in the Bullhead City School District office, 1004 Hancock Road.

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