Airport receives $1.3 million grant |

Airport receives $1.3 million grant

by Susie Vasquez

The Minden-Tahoe Airport received a $1.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation recently, the announcement coming from the Washington D.C. offices of Senator John Ensign R-Nev., and Senator Harry Reid D-Nev.

The grant will be used to acquire 5.5 acres of land for runway protection, replace fencing and gates worth about $150,000 and complete Bliss Road on the east side of the airport, said Airport Manager Jim Braswell.

“We’ve needed the improvements for a long time and they’re all part of the Airport Capitol Improvement Plan,” Braswell said.

Construction bids will open Tuesday and are expected to be awarded at next week’s county commmissioner’s meeting, Sept. 9. Construction will start soon after and should be completed by next spring, Braswell said.

Douglas County contributed $72,000 in matching funds for this project.

Built in 1942 as a military training base, Minden-Tahoe is a 990-acre general aviation non-towered airport.

Douglas County acquired the airport and since that time, has operated it as a municipal airport governed by Douglas County Board of County Commissioners.

It serves a broad base of aviation uses from corporate to recreational flying and is home to approximately 250 aircraft.

The Minden Tanker Base and the Sierra Front Dispatch Agency also use the airport, with the primary mission of dispatching tankers to fires in the Sierra Nevada region.

— Susie Vasquez can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 213.