Category: TRAVEL

Vote for Lake Havasu

Congratulations Lake Havasu! You have been nominated in our latest 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest! Our expert panel selected Lake Havasu as a contender for Best Recreational Lake, which just launched. Our contest, which is being promoted by USA TODAY, gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-recreational-lake/ . A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Voting ends Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 11:59am EDT and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 12:00pm EDT, then later on USA TODAY. Prior competitions have been hotly contested, and we look forward to seeing how you rock the vote in your own community! Find us on Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest and we’ll look for you, too. Good luck, and once again – congratulations! Cheers, The Editors USA TODAY...

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LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SEEKS PLEDGES FOR NEW AIR SERVICE GRANT

BULLHEAD CITY–Officials from the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport said they are closing in on their matching funds goal to again help secure a federal air service grant for the Tri-State area. More than $438,000 has already been pledged by local and regional individuals, businesses and organizations. Pledges need to be submitted to the airport‘s administrative offices by July 15, 2015. The Mohave County Airport Authority (MCAA) is applying for a Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) grant of $750,000, to be matched with local pledges and contributions. The SCASDP is a grant program within the U.S. Department of Transportation designed to help small communities address air service and airfare issues. “This is an economic development driver, which is why securing new air service has become so competitive across the country” said MCAA President John Hastings. “Scheduled air service to a world-class hub such as Denver could bring in over 14,000 new visitors annually and generate over $17 Million in local economic impact. This provides benefits of additional job creation and taxes generated in both Bullhead City and Laughlin.” Both financial pledge forms and letters of support will be collected by the MCAA and submitted as a group as part of the D.O.T application. Forms and suggested letters of support are also posted on the airport website, www.laughlinbullheadintlairport.com . Additional information is available by contacting the airport administrative office at 928-754-2134. Airport authority officials have met and/or negotiated with a number of airlines...

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Small Community Air service Grant requests issued

MOHAVE COUNTY-The U.S. Department of Transportation released a request for grant submittals Friday for Small Community Air Service, said Gary Kellogg, with Partnership for Economic Development. “There is a thirty day window to file our grant,” said Kellogg. “As last year, what we will be proposing is three (3) flights a day during the week, one (1) on Saturday and two (2) on Sunday. This is modified air service in that we would be flying fixed base operator (FBO) here to a FBO in Phoenix. It is really the only option at this time for us to have any type of air service, but it is an important start.” Kellogg continued, “We have the operator in place which is a plus for the grant. The consultant and the operator have estimated the round trip costs would be, plus or minus, around three hundred ($300.00) per round trip. They will continue to look at these prices for any possible savings. The grant request is for $400,000.00 with a one fifth match or $100,000 from the community for total of $500,000. At this point the PED is online for the $100,000, with help from a local business who is picking up $25,000. We would like to raise another $25,000 to demonstrate broad community support and bring the PED’s contribution down to $50,000. Any help here is greatly appreciated. Anyone wishing to...

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LBIA seeking pledges for air service grant

BULLHEAD CITY-Officials from the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport are encouraging local businesses, organizations and individuals to again help secure a federal air service grant for the Tri-State area. The goal is to restore quality, scheduled airline service. The Mohave County Airport Authority (MCAA) is applying for a Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) grant of $750,000, to be matched with local pledges and contributions. The SCASDP is a grant program within the U.S. Department of Transportation designed to help small communities address air service and airfare issues. MCAA President John Hastings noted that securing new scheduled air service throughout the country has become extremely competitive, both with and without grants. Airlines are often unwilling to risk new markets and negotiate different incentives, most of which are limited by federal law. But he added that the Laughlin/Bullhead pledges are revenue guarantees and might never be used if the service is successful. Both financial pledge forms and letters of support will be collected by the MCAA and submitted as a group as part of the D.O.T application. Forms and suggested letters of support are also posted on the airport website, www.laughlinbullheadintlairport.com . Additional information is available by contacting the airport administrative office at 928-754-2134. “The short window of time to file an application for this grant opened recently and closes in July,” said Hastings. “This is a tremendous opportunity for the Tri-State area. It has the potential...

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MCC students, faculty benefit from international travel

Mohave Community College students and faculty are traveling the world this summer to either enhance their academic pursuit or to apply their knowledge to those in need; meanwhile, other students are continuing college classes how that their career paths have been impacted by overseas travel. Their personal travels, they said, have impacted their academic experience. Tianna Chrouser, a 30-year-old Lake Havasu City resident, traveled to Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai in China as part of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Scholar Laureate Program for the Delegation on Medicine and Science. Chrouser was scheduled to arrive in China on June 2 and depart for the return home on Friday, June 12. PTK is the international honor society for community colleges. The experience provides students “access to the people, places and perspectives that today come together in the unique fusion of East and West, ancient and modern thinking that is Chinese health care today,” according to the program’s website. The students will visit hospitals, clinics, universities, and attend lectures, activities and discussions. Chrouser decided to enroll in MCC in the fall of 2013 to pursuit a degree in radiologic technology. As a PTK honor student, she applied for the opportunity and fundraised to cover the travel expenses. “Based on my academic performance and because I was choosing a career in the medical field, I was nominated to attend,” she said. “I...

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