FAA: Longer runway at Longmont airport could wait 10 years for funds

There likely will be no money for a runway extension at Vance Brand Municipal Airport for at least 10 years, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Councilmember Hansen lies about how he chooses board appointments

At a candidate forum organized by the St. Vrain Valley Latino Coalition on October 20th, the topic of board appointments came up. In a Times Call article, Scott Rochat wrote that “according to the 2010 census, about 25 percent of Longmont’s population is Hispanic. But few of those Hispanics serve on the city’s boards and committees.” 

Ward 1 Councilman Brian Hansen replied to that issue and said that whenever other qualifications were equal, he always voted for a minority appointment.”

That is not true Councilmember Hansen. Continue reading

Airport Noise Complaint Visual Map

The recent update to LongmontAirport.Com‘s Noise Complaint Log‘s doesn’t do it justice.  Below is a visual representation of the noise complaints for 2010 and 2011.

That’s a clickable Google Map, RED equals 100+ complaints, YELLOW equals 10-99 complaints, and BLUE equals less than 10 complaints (single complaints are not included).  You may notice most of the complaints are outside Longmont (in GREEN shading) city limits (42 to be exact, 12 are within city limits).

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Councilman McCoy’s idiocy hits new heights

Sean McCoy – ignoramus especial

When you are following the law, lets say driving your car, do you consider that “exerting” your rights?  Exercising perhaps – but in the dim view of Longmont City Councilmember Sean McCoy if you are a pilot following FAA guidelines and even Longmont’s own Noise Abatement Procedure, you are barely this side of a felon and/or harasser. Continue reading

McCoy’s behavior an insult to all citizen advisory boards

Something occurred at the October 26, 2010 Longmont City Council meeting that should trouble citizens and members of advisory boards.  Councilmember Sean McCoy gave a public brow beating to Airport Advisory Board chair Howard Morgan.  It’s the same thing he does, repeatedly, to Longmont Area Economic Council president John Cody. Continue reading

Not “flawed”, but CARE-less

For those of you that don’t receive the print edition of the Longmont Times-Call, you missed a barn burner of a Longmont City Council meeting on October 26th.  For some odd reason, it wasn’t in the online edition, which probably would have started a flame war in the comment section anyway.  Allow me to fill you in… Continue reading

Quelling an anti-airport jihad

Been enjoying some time offline and off the grid in the great outdoors, boy do we live in a great state.  But the frantic phone calls and emails worrying I’ve left the scene are a bit premature.  The latest is the ongoing ranting from our anti-airport expansion friends.  With the increasing noise, from them, you’d think that the airport has already expanded tenfold and noise levels are at near-DIA levels.  I’ll give them this much, they have the propaganda skills to ratchet things up incrementally to get casual observers possibly even believing them.  Unfortunately, for them, many of us pretty good BS detectors. Continue reading

Airports and activists: Question motives, agenda of airport detractors

For the record, I am a member of the Airport Advisory Board, but let’s get one thing perfectly clear:  I did not waive my First Amendment rights when I was appointed to this board.  And some of the things that Citizens Against Runway Expansion, or CARE, are saying about the airport Master Plan must be addressed. Continue reading