Federal, state and local officials gathered Friday (Aug. 25) at the Taos Regional Airport to celebrate the official opening of the long anticipated new runway. The 8,600 ft runway will aid emergency …
Federal, state and local officials gathered Friday (Aug. 25) at the Taos Regional Airport to celebrate the official opening of the long-anticipated new runway.
The 8,600 foot runway will aid emergency services and other pilots with an additional, longer runway for the airport and will also divert air traffic away from Taos Pueblo and the lands surrounding it, according to officials. Local officials said the project has been 30 years in the making and are excited to be a part of the construction and completion of the over $24 million project.
“This is an amazing opportunity for our community,” said Taos County Manager Leandro Cordova during the official opening of the runway.
Entertainment for the ribbon-cutting ceremony was provided by singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphey as well as Star Road Dance Company from Taos Pueblo.
While Taos Pueblo members and officials were honored by speakers at the ceremonies, the ribbon cutting took place during traditional ceremonies at the pueblo and pueblo officials could not be present for the event. Mayor Dan Barrone said during the ceremony that he was interested in holding an additional opening even so that officials from Taos Pueblo could be honored for their contributions to the new runway as well.
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