Colorado is joining the effort to preserve the current route of Amtrak's Southwest Chief.
Yesterday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper went to Pueblo to sign a bill that creates a commission to work with officials in Kansas and New Mexico to continue Southwest Chief's existing service. The bill will also push for a new stop in Pueblo.
New Mexico will study whether to help pay part of the cost of keeping Amtrak's Southwest Chief on its current route.
A state budget allocates $50,000 to the Legislative Council Service to study a proposal by Amtrak for New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas to share the costs of maintaining and improving tracks through their states.
John Yaeger of the Legislative Council Service said legal issues will be considered as well as the costs and economic benefits of the proposal.
UPDATE: Wichita's City Council has passed the motion to change Mid-Continent Airport into Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. It will cost the city about $140,000 to change signs at the airport. It wasn't immediately clear when the new name would be posted.
Wichita's City Council will discuss whether to re-name Wichita's airport during their regular meeting on Tuesday.
Following a petition drive, council members are weighting whether to re-name Mid-Continent Airport as Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.