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Office of the County Manager

August 3, 2022

Press Release

Colfax County has recently published a Request for Proposal, (RFP) for the county-owned and operated airport at Angel Fire. This action is being taken to address the continued annual deficit faced by the airport. Colfax County acquired the airport in 1983. The airport has not generated a positive cash flow, or been profitable, in almost 40 years of operation. It is time to try something different.

In airport operation efforts, Colfax County has worked in partnership with the FAA and NMDOT Aviation Division, to secure grants to maintain airport operations, at the cost of millions of dollars. The grants that have been secured have reporting and expenditure requirements attached to them that, unfortunately, have not been met. Some of these grants are nearing their expiration dates, and require an immediate response.

Infrastructure and safety concerns addressed in the April 24, 2022 inspection report have brought additional urgent needs to light. The current County Manager is increasing grant requests to provide for the total replacement of runway lighting and other public safety/infrastructure requirements.

We believe through a business partnership model we could achieve improved, more efficient operations. The RFP invites partners to respond to our request to operate the airport. Initiating active marketing concepts would be anticipated to generate business for the Angel Fire/Eagle Nest communities. It is our belief that this could grow the airport and be very positive for economic development in the area.

For clarity and transparency, the airport financial report and the latest inspection report are attached.

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COLFAX COUNTY AIRPORT AT ANGEL FIRE
HISTORY OF REVENUES & EXPENDITURES (1983 – 2022)

FAA & State Grants FAA State Match County Match
1983 – Acq. Land, construct runway & taxiway 155,340.00 1,553,400.00 Complete
1985 – Rehab taxiway, extend runway 61,600.50 616,005.00 Complete
1986 – Improve access road, rehab taxiway, construct apron 57,574.80 575,748.00 Complete
1987 – Rehab taxiway, install lighting, acq snow removal equip 36,244.40 362,444.00 Complete
1990 – Rehab runway 88,963.10 889,631.00 Complete
1992 – Rehab runway 82,097.60 820,976.00 Complete
1995 – Rehap Apron 65,117.10 651,171.00 Complete
1997 – Install lighting, navaids and PLASI system 110,207.00 189,295.00 110,208.00 Complete
1997 – Rehab taxiway, complete lighting project 75,227.10 752,271.00 Complete
1999 – Rehab taxiway 13,672.60 136,726.00 Complete
2002 – Acquire snow removal equipment 13,672.60 136,726.00 Complete
2003 – Rehab runway 30,083.00 570,000.00 33,250.00 Complete
2006 – Action Plan, storm water pollution prevention plan 44,400.00 – 1,600.00 Complete
2007 – Rehab apron, NADIN Interface for AWOS, fencing 15,924.00 605,100.00 15,924.00 Complete
2008 – Mowing equipment 30,000.00 30,000.00 Complete
2009 – Install perimeter fence, acquire snow removal equip 7,097.00 245,295.00 6,058.00 Complete
2010 – Install game fence, design taxiway edge drains 26,928.63 359,433.00 26,928.63 Complete
2011 – Airfield maint items, design taxilanes and runway reconstruction 134,813.00 – 14,979.00 Complete
2012 – Airfield maint items, design/construct fuel farm 269,836.00 – 65,264.00 Complete
2013 – Construct taxilanes for hangar area, action plan, edge drainage, etc. 1,252,164.00 1,741,950.00 317,764.00 Complete
2014 – Annual maintenance grant 4,980.00 – 553.00 Complete
2015 – Annual maintenance grant, reconstruct access road, rehab apron 662,500.00 – 73,611.00 Complete
2016-Design and construct taxiway edge drainage system 42,500.00 382,500.00 Complete
2016-Annual maintenance grant 10,000.00 – 1,111.00 Complete
2017-Annual maintenance grant 1,111.00 10,000.00 Complete
2018-Annual maintenance grant 1,111.00 10,000.00 Complete
2019-Annual maintenance grant 1,111.00 10,000.00 Complete
2019-NMDOT Rehab Apon Lighting & Security Cameras 2,322.00 20,900.00 Complete
2019-NMDOT AWOS Update and Repair 4,985.00 44,866.00 Complete
2019-Rehabilitate Taxiway Complete 275,097.00
Airfield Pavement Rehabilitation 15,284.00 15,284.00
2020-Airfield Maintenace and Consumable Items 2,222.00 20,000.00 Incomplete Expires 08/28/2022 No Activity
2020 Runway Pavement Surface/Pavement Joints Incomplete Expires 09/15/2024 $221,087.00 Balance 362,382.00
2020-Construct-Hangars Incomplete Expires 01/16/2023 No Activity 333,000.00
2020-CARES ACT FUND Incomplete No Activity 22,000.00
2022-100LL Fuel Truck Incomplete Expires 03/24/2024 No Activity 126,000.00
2022-Fuel Dispenser Shelter Incomplete Expires 03/24/2024 No Activity 50,000.00
TOTAL FAA & State Grants 10,865,650.00 3,621,482.63 1,417,406.43
CAPITAL EXPENDITURES
FBO/Terminal Bldg Purchase – December 2012 411,225.54 $
Cattleguard Installation – November 2012 10,046.25
Airport Sign – October 2015 4,660.69
Window Installation-June 2016 195,757.64
Crack, Seal, Stripping -Nov 2019 13,861.30
Painting (Colfax Lodger’s Tax) 19,257.20
TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENDITURES $ 654,808.62
AIRPORT OPERATIONS 2011-2019 Revenues Expenditures Variance
FY 11/12 62,210.00 $ 218,802.82 $ (156,592.82) $
FY 12/13 172,362.00 328,582.91 (156,220.91)
FY 13/14 77,967.00 189,199.26 (111,232.26)
FY 14/15 159,857.89 217,809.24 (57,951.35)
FY 15/16 160,653.79 196,792.82 (36,139.03)
FY 16/17 84,831.14 211,225.74 (126,394.60)
FY 17/18 118,623.26 204,655.07 (86,031.81)
FY 18/19 149,181.55 216,980.64 (67,799.09)
FY 19/20 166,905.14 235,959.04 (69,053.90)
FY 20/21 197,162.47 274,189.07 (77,026.60)
FY 21/22 329,396.62 423,679.86 (94,283.24)
TOTAL AIRPORT OPERATIONS 633,050.68 $ 1,151,187.05 $ (518,136.37)

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