Letter to the Editor: Thanks from the Coulter family

Dear Editor: We would like to extend a special thank you to the Rio Blanco County Commissioners for approving the name change to Coulter Field at Meeker Airport.

Hole in the sky…

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Jeremy McCallister, the project manager for the Coulter Field improvement project at the Meeker airport, was the first person to take off after the dedication of the field to Gary Coulter on Saturday.

Coulter Field dedicated to Gary Coulter

This is an aerial view of Coulter Field in Meeker with the hangars visible to the far left and the widened runway and taxiways visible on the right. The runway was widened from 60 feet wide to 100 feet wide, and it can now handle aircraft weighing up to 60,000 pounds, where the previous limit was 27,000 feet.

RBC I The newly reconstructed runway, taxiways and a new large-aircraft apron at Meeker Airport were dedicated Saturday morning to Gary Coulter, the man who has managed the airport since 1959 — a total of 54 years. The new airport opened on Nov. 27. Coulter piloted the first aircraft onto the new runway accompanied by […]

Airport to close for seven months

The entire 6,500 feet of runway at Meeker Airport as well as the apron in front of the hangars will be replaced during seven months of construction that will close the airport runway to all air traffic as of April 8. Drainage will be updated under and around the runway and the entirely new runway will be widened to 100 feet.

MEEKER I Starting April 8, Meeker Airport will be closed for approximately seven months while Rio Blanco County carries out two projects to improve the runway area at the facility to what eventually may be a C2 rating.

Bird’s-eye view …

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Dirt work continues at the Meeker Airport, where more than 1 million cubic feet of dirt will be moved during the widening of the runway project currently in Phase II.

Meeker runway project underway

MEEKER I Work began in earnest last week on the Meeker Airport Runway Reconstruction Project. Fiore and Sons, Inc., began major dirt-work operations at the airport and will continue into the fall until winter weather shuts them down.

Helitack provides attack

The Teton Helitack crew from the Bridger Teton National Forest out of Jackson, Wyo., spent 14 days camped at the Meeker Airport and responded to 15 fires during their stay. The crew included helicopter crew members Nic Glatt and Kate Ball, helicopter mechanic fuel truck driver Randy ??, crew members Chris Edwards and Philip Brass, squad leader Matt Lancaster, crew supervisor David A. Gomez and helicopter pilot Steve Wilson, with Helicopter Express.

RBC I The Teton Helitack team from Jackson, Wyo., first came to Rio Blanco County July 22, to help with the Powell fire.

Airport reconstruction moves forward

MEEKER I Rio Blanco County commissioners were notified July 3 that the federal funding for the Meeker Airport reconstruction project has been released.

FAA honors Coulter’s service

Rick Stednitz (left) from the FAA’s Safety Team surprised Meeker Airport manager Gary Coulter (right) with a personal visit to present the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic award for Coulter’s lifetime contributions to aviation. Coulter’s award included a plaque, a certificate and a pair of lapel pins, one for Gary and one for his wife, Relda (center).

MEEKER I Former Meeker Airport manager Gary Coulter was surprised when Rick Stednitz of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Safety Team showed up in Meeker to honor the retired pilot and aviation mechanic with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic award.

Commissioners adopt budget

RBC I In a public meeting last Monday, Rio Blanco County budget director Chris Singleton presented an overview of the proposed 2012 budget to commissioners and department heads.

Grant will go to Meeker Airport

MEEKER — Thanks to a grant announced last week, Meeker Airport will expand its operations.