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Scottsbluff airport on track to reach 10,000 boardings

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One million dollars in federal grant money is more than likely coming to Scottsbluff.

Western Nebraska Regional Airport is on pace to comfortably surpass the 10,000 boarding threshold.

If they board less than 10,000 passengers, they only get $150,000 dollars in federal grant money.

Airport Director Darwin Skelton says that by the end of the month, he expects 10,200 boardings. "That's a good number for us. Really makes a world of difference."

The money comes from taxes collected on plane tickets across the nation. That means the Scottsbluff airport is competing with airports in Denver and other international hubs.

"They have projects that are always going on too. And we want our little share of it."

Western Nebraska Regional Airport has not reached the 10,000 boarding mark since 2008... but Skelton is hopeful that with more charter flights to casinos and partnering with Eagle Med, the airport will continue to hit the target each year.

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