Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport will receive $4 million for terminal rehab

Monday, September 12, 2016

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport will receive $4 million for terminal rehab

DOT grants will provide funding to rehabilitate terminal building at airport serving Roanoke and the New River Valley ~ WASHINGTON—U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport will receive $4,242,708 in federal funds from the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fund the rehabilitation […]

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Virginia Tech/Montgomery Executive Airport gets $4 million for runway expansion

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport in Blacksburg and Charlottesville Albemarle Airport in Charlottesville will receive more than $12 million in funds from the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to extend and rehabilitate existing runways and improve the safety of […]

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Countryside Golf Course plane crash memorial marker mystery – where is it?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Countryside Golf Course plane crash memorial marker mystery - where is it?

What happened to the memorial marker pictured here? August 19, 1994, passengers David and Charlene Peterson of Cochranton, Pa., died when the small plane they were in crashed shortly after takeoff. It  hit a cherry tree on the Countryside Golf Course 13th fairway. They left behind six children. According to The Roanoke Times the pilot […]

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Roanoke Regional Airport on list to take sequestration hit

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Roanoke Regional Airport is on the list for possible overnight closure of part of its air traffic control operations said spokesperson Sherry Wallace. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a list of air traffic control towers across the state that may close or may have reduced hours. Although sequestration is expected to go into effect on March […]

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Rep. Bobby Scott on local news reports on regional airports in jeopardy

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott issued the following statement in response to local news reports on comments he made regarding sequestration’s effects on the Federal Aviation Administration and its potential impact on airports: “The report authored by Scott Lilly at the Center for American Progress on the potential negative effects of […]

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Airline pilots threaten strike that may effect Roanoke

Friday, August 10, 2012

Airline pilots threaten strike that may effect Roanoke

The Air Line Pilot Association says that after three years of mediation by the National Mediation Board have not led to a contract and that the NMB could find further mediation attempts fruitless. If released from mediation 93 percent of eligible Piedmont Airlines pilots have voted to strike. Piedmont Airlines is the wholly owned subsidiary of […]

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It’s not a roundabout but the traffic flows smoothly at new intersection

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It’s not a roundabout but the traffic flows smoothly at new intersection

It took seven years of negotiations with city councils, administrators, the airport commission, VDOT, city engineers, and local merchants. Finally there is relief for motorists navigating oddly constructed access roads out of Town Square Shopping Center and into Roanoke Regional Airport. It took less then a year for Roanoke’s Branch and Associates to complete the […]

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City dwellers get a whiff of urban chicken farming – video

Monday, October 10, 2011

City dwellers get a whiff of urban chicken farming - video

Sweet Providence Farm UPDATED Oct. 12: The results of a poll taken at a meeting following the trip were 27 opposed, 5 were not opposed but said no chickens and 9 were not opposed. Emails, flyers and phone calls have been circulating in opposition. There is no date set yet for council to decide on […]

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Roanoke City Council gets a lesson in stormwater “trickle down” economics

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Roanoke City Council gets a lesson in stormwater

A “trickle down” effect faces Roanoke City and it has nothing to do with water. Roanoke City faces new stormwater quality mandates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “It is their number one enforcement priority,” said Phil Shermer engineer for Roanoke City. Roanoke City continues to feel the “trickle down” effects of mandates with no […]

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Airport Commission voices concerns with city council

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Airport Commission voices concerns with city council

The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission along with Airport Director Jackie Shuck held a joint meeting with Roanoke City Council Monday morning. Stormwater management fees were on the top of the airport commissions list of topics. “Fuzzy” Minnix remarked that he wanted to “minimize the shock” of the $200,000 annual stormwater fee he saw coming down […]

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Passing the environmental “buck” on “clean and green” video

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Passing the environmental

The airport “IS special,” says Danielle Bishop Development Review Coordinator for the City of Roanoke. In an email from Chris Chittum, Planning Administrator the Roanoke Regional Airport has “what is called an MS4 permit from the state.” ROA is not subject to local erosion and sediment control or stormwater management ordinances. They are however subject […]

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Roanoke Regional Airport ignores environmental debacle – video

Monday, March 22, 2010

Roanoke Regional Airport ignores environmental debacle - video

Excuses from Roanoke Regional Airport Projects and Environmental Coordinator, Alex Plaza did not fly with Roanoke City’s Civil Engineer Joseph Johnson-Koroma Monday morning. When pressured to answer why the Roanoke Regional Airport Authority expected to not be held to the same erosion and sediment control standards as any other contractor Plaza had no answer.  There […]

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