March 2, 2021 3:20 a.m.

Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said the Roseburg Regional Airport will receive $23,000 in federal funds to pay for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, debt service payments and combating the spread of COVID-19 at the airport.

The same level of grant is also going to the Hermiston Municipal Airport.

Wyden said regional and municipal aviation play a critical role in selling Oregon products all over the country and the world. Wyden said he is proud to partner with the leaders of both communities to bring support to these economic services.

Merkley said he is going to keep doing everything he can to support local airports.

A joint release said the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 included $900 billion for COVID-19 relief, $14 billion of which was to support the transit industry during this public health emergency. These grant dollars will be provided at 100-percent federal share, with no local match required.

Roseburg City Manager Nikki Messenger said “The City of Roseburg truly appreciates the Oregon Delegation recognizing the critical role that general aviation airports play in rural communities like Roseburg”. She said the airport supports the local economy and improves the quality of life for residents.