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Lethbridge City Council approves first phase of airport upgrades

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Lethbridge City Council giving the all clear Monday (Feb. 24) for airport renovations at YQL.

Updates will include an expansion to the current boarding area to accommodate new washrooms and an upgrade to the existing washrooms.

Mayor Chris Spearman says it’s important to improve the passenger experience at the local airport. “The airport has been run well operationally. What we need to do is ensure passengers and the airlines that we are continuing to invest in our airport to support both. We have seen airlines make decisions to curtail service to some cities and we want to make sure services are maintained in Lethbridge”.

Spearman says passenger traffic has been continuing to rise for the past 18 months and Council wants to build on that momentum.

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The City notes a number of economic opportunities were identified along with renovation recommendations as part of a recently report from consultants, Modalis Infrastructure Partners. Key amongst those findings was improving the passenger experience.

The original plan was to approve roughly $13.8 million for the work, however Councillors decided instead to scale that back for now because of provincial cutbacks. Roughly $7.5 million in renovations, approved unanimously, as well as water service upgrades are scheduled to start this summer.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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