Feds approves TSA at Canyonlands airport
by Greg Knight and Molly Marcello
The Times-Independent
Nov 16, 2017 | 1996 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print

After a years-long wait the federal government has approved a request by Canyonlands Field Airport for Transportation Security Administration staffing — a move that will create a number of year-round jobs in Grand County.

According to airport director Judd Hill, the decision, which was announced on Monday, Nov. 13, calls for TSA personnel at the airport. Hill said that Utah Federal Security Director Mark Lewis informed him of the government’s approval.

“Mark Lewis, the Federal Security Director for the state ... has informed me that our request for TSA, which we started two years ago, has been formally approved,” Hill said. “This will create 8-10 year-round jobs and facilitate commercial jet traffic at [the airport.]”

The granting of the TSA staffing request comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) selecting SkyWest Airlines to contract for essential air service (EAS) in Moab and Vernal, according to an order released on Friday, Aug. 24.

Boutique Air, the current EAS provider at Canyonlands Field, also submitted a bid for the contract, which would run through 2020. The Grand County Council voted unanimously Aug. 1 to recommend SkyWest after the airport board endorsed the idea of a new carrier.

Hill added that the airport would make an announcement in coming weeks about when people interested in the TSA jobs can apply online — and thanked legislators at the federal level for their assistance in getting the TSA authorization.

“It takes awhile to apply for a security job with the TSA, so we want people to know about this as early as possible,” Hill said. “I really want to show some thanks to Senator Mike Lee and Senator Orrin Hatch for helping us get this done. They really helped out in Washington D.C.”

When the announcement of the openings at TSA is made, anyone interested should go to usajobs.com for more information.

Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.