Telluride Regional Airport was selected under the commercial service category, in recognition of the community’s exceptional accomplishment in bringing air service to an important mountain recreational area, its ability to construct and improve an airport at a site with extremely difficult terrain features, and the efforts it has made to assure environmental compatibility with a minimum of noise to surrounding urban and recreational development. As CPA member Jorge Rufat-Latre wrote in his nomination, “The airport provides impeccable service, attention, diligence, and enthusiasm to its customers. It is a delight to land at Telluride and to receive all of the help I want and beyond. It is also a delight to see what the airport has done to preserve a little of the history of mining in the state with its model of a mining display in the passenger lounge.”
The award to Marble Airstrip was under the general aviation category, and went to Glen and Diane Gallegos for their generosity and support of general aviation in permitting aircraft access to their family-owned airstrip, located in the mountainous terrain near Marble, Colorado. The airstrip is one of few locations available in the state for those seeking a backcountry flying experience. As a testimonial to its attractiveness as a fly-in location, visitors in more than 40 aircraft landed there during a CPA-sponsored fly-in on September 9. “Glen and Dianne have gone above and beyond the call of normal airstrip owners by opening up their airstrip” to outsiders, one CPA member wrote. “I realize that other Colorado airports draw bigger crowds, but I really think they are deserving of special recognition considering that neither are pilots, yet go through tons of uncompensated upkeep to provide us with an incredible landing and camping facility. “ The award to Marble Airstrip is the first given to a privately owned airstrip under the CPA’s Airport Awards Program.
The CPA is a statewide organization of over 700 members dedicated to making Colorado a better, safer, and more desirable place to fly. Its objectives are to support aviation-related activities in Colorado, promote flying safety, protect the rights of the flying community, and to provide information and assistance to the general public on aviation matters. For more info. about the CPA, call 303/367-0670.
School District CEO Takes State Honors
MONTROSE – Montrose County School District CFO Karin Slater was credited with heading up the Finance Office of the Year by the Colorado Government Finance Officers Association in November. The award is made to the finance officer who, through their actions, has made outstanding contributions that further the goals of the CGFOA.
Slater, a Certified Public Finance Officer and Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations, has been with the Montrose County School District since October 2000. Prior to joining the school district, she was Montrose County Finance Director. She is also an adjunct professor at Colorado Mesa University-Montrose, here she teaches evening accounting and economic classes. Slater, who is a member of the CGFOA Education Committee and the co-chair of the Conference Education Committee, was recognized for the educational commitment she has made that organization – and to the accounting profession.
Slater is responsible for management of the District’s financial operations, including a $55 million budget (which has been as high as $65 million during the district’s construction projects), and had financial oversight of the district’s $31.5 million construction projects between 2003-2010, coming in on budget and on time. In 2004-2005, she initiated and oversaw the upgrade to an integrated human resource/payroll/financial system, and is responsible for its maintenance, security, and upgrades; using this system, she implemented a Point of Sale system and on-line payments for nutritional services.
Slater’s financial oversight led to Moody’s upgrading the District’s bond rating for the October 2011 bond refinancing from “no underlying rating” to an underlying rating of “Aa3, which reflects the district’s sound financial management and strong property tax base.”