SLV Airport Gets Funds

It was good news for aviation in the San Luis Valley as the Colorado Aeronautical Board announced the grants being distributed for its Fiscal Year 2020 for Colorado airports.  Congratulations to Bergman Field, or more formally known as the San Luis Valley Regional Airport located in Alamosa which was one of the facilities to receive a portion of the $6 million in state aviation fuel tax revenues made to 21 Colorado public-use airports under the Colorado Discretionary Aviation Grant Program administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics. 

The $150,000 aviation grant will provide up to 50% of the costs involved in upgrading the storage and delivery of the SLV’s aviation fuel, including tank suitability, construction, compliance with regulatory requirements and the disposal of aircraft fuel. The final cost of the project is estimated at $367,500 with the price difference being matched with local funds.

The San Luis Valley Airport received grant funds to upgrade its fuel system.

The SLV Regional Airport was one of 21 Colorado facilities that received grants ranging in size from $40,000 to $600,000.  These grants represent state participation in a wide variety of projects, totaling $7.25 million. This year’s awards were categorized into to five different project types: pavement maintenance, fuel farms, automated weather observing systems (AWOS), utility infrastructure, and airfield pavement remarking. 

A comprehensive listing of each individual airport grant award can be found HERE.

“The Colorado Division of Aeronautics is committed to supporting Colorado’s multi-modal transportation system by assisting Colorado’s airports through the funding of critical projects. This program allows us to continue to advance a safe, efficient and effective statewide air and space system,” said Aeronautics Division Director David Ulane. 

“The Colorado Aeronautical Board is pleased to approve these critical airport grants that continue to raise the bar of our state’s aviation and airport infrastructure,” said CAB Chairman Robert Olislagers. “The collaboration between the CAB and the Division staff is first-class, allowing us to strategically direct airport funding where it’s needed most.” 

Legislation was created 1991 to develop and maintain the Colorado Aviation System through taxes collected on aviation fuel sold within the state.  No general funds are used to meet the needs of the Colorado Aviation System and it is funded solely through taxes collected by those actually using the aviation system. 

The Colorado Airport System consists of 74 public-use airports that support nearly 346,000 jobs, provide $16.2 billion in annual payroll, $27 billion in value-added, and $48.6 billion in total annual business revenue for the State of Colorado. More information can be found at

Fly Out of Alamosa? Yes!

Boutique Air, based out of San Francisco announced last June that a new flight schedule flying from Alamosa CO and Clovis NM to Albuquerque NM  starting July 1, 2019. Boutique Air will also be flying between Phoenix Sky Harbor and Telluride CO with a stop in Cortez CO. 

The schedule can be found online at

The San Luis Valley Regional Airport is the growing hot spot for Colorado Aviation.

“We have have been seeing strong passenger traffic in our Alamosa, Clovis, and Telluride markets and are pleased to be increasing the destinations for our passengers from these locations,” said Boutique Air CEO, Shawn Simpson.

Boutique Air operates a modern fleet of both Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 aircraft and Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft. With amenities designed to make the flying experience as comfortable as it gets, our aircraft feature reclining leather seats in an executive configuration, power outlets, a pressurized cabin, enclosed lavatory, and a top speed of 300+ mph.

As an FAA-certified air carrier, Boutique Air provides both air charter and scheduled service. The airline operates routes in Arizona, Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Reservations can be made online at  or by phone (855) 268-8478.

Trooper Tips: Older Drivers

By Master Trooper Gary Cutler

Driving is a feeling of freedom you get when you’re able to just travel wherever you wish.  But, there may come a point in time when either you or someone close to you must make the decision to put the keys away and find another way to commute.

Talking to an older person about their driving can be difficult and is often delayed until their driving is to a point of being dangerous.  But if delayed too long, it can be a hesitation that can turn fatal.

I speak from personal experience when I lost my grandmother in a crash.  The signs were there prior to the fatal crash, but we failed to see them as a serious enough problem and hesitated in having her stop driving.  It started with a few scratches here and there on the car, and pulling into the garage a little too far.  Perhaps, if we had acted upon those signs we may have had her around longer.

Years later when another driving situation approached my family, we didn’t hesitate to take action.  My father began to show signs of having trouble driving due to early-onset dementia and we took steps to keep him from driving and possibly hurting himself or someone else.  A problem you may face is the older driver believing they are driving fine, when in fact you are seeing dangerous problems.  I won’t tell you it was easy to have the conversation.  My father was upset with us for a while, but I would do it again to make sure it keeps everyone safe.

Older drivers get tips from Colorado State Patrol Trooper Gary Cutler
Night driving can get tricky for older motorists.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2018, 19% of all fatal crashes were caused by drivers 65 years and older.  Now this doesn’t mean just because you turn 65 you should have your driver’s license taken from you.  Far from it, it just means it’s time to start being aware of any changes.  For a start, keep track of eyesight, physical fitness, and reflexes.

Saguache Today columnist Trooper Gary Cutler is the Public Information Officer for the Colorado State Patrol. A Public Information Officer is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer media questions.