Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:33 PM EST2013-12-05 04:33:22 GMT
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-05 03:33:57 GMT
What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:19 PM EST2013-12-05 00:19:06 GMT
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:09 PM EST2013-12-05 00:09:08 GMT
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder. The DeRidder Police Department, with assistance from the Beauregard and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Offices, took PatrickMore >>
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:05 PM EST2013-12-05 00:05:51 GMT
It's a big operation in a small town. The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books. "We're talking thousands, 23 pallets, each box could have 24 to 40 books in them," saidMore >>
The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books.More >>
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Air traffic control centers at the Lake Charles Regional Airport and Chennault International could be closed if federal sequestration cuts occur.
The airport sites are on a long list of locations around the nation that could be impacted.
Overall, six Louisiana air traffic control sites could see their hours cut back or closed. To view the full list from the Federal Aviation Administration, click HERE.
Randy Robb, Chennault director, told KPLC on Friday that right now, the air traffic control tower operates from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. He said if the cuts do occur, Chennault would see a "huge impact."
"For instance, military aircraft don't go to uncontrolled airfields, so we would lose that, and it would be deeply felt. Right now, Chennault is the busiest airport in the nation for military aircraft for an airport that is not a military airport. We get 8 cents for every gallon of fuel sold, so the cuts would be serious. However, we are hopeful that there will be a decision on Capitol Hill soon and we will not have to deal with any cuts to our air traffic control tower," Robb said.
Heath Allen, executive director with Lake Charles Regional Airport, said officials there have been concerned about the sequestration cuts for some time.
"However, the focus of these cuts are just now coming to light. The announcement of cuts to air traffic control and specifically the tower at our airport are very concerning. The potential closing of these towers would undoubtedly have far reaching negative impacts to our nation's economy," Allen said.
"While this does not mean that the airport would cease to operate given that pilots would communicate using standard procedures over a common radio frequency, air traffic control is critical to the safety and efficiency of our nation's air transportation system. To actually go through with these closures and reductions in air traffic would be most unfortunate for our nation," Allen continued.