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FARMINGTON — Two city of Farmington employees have received state recognition this month.

Four Corners Regional Airport Manager Mike Lewis was named Airport Manager of the Year and Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Cory Styron received the distinguished professional award from New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association.

Styron has worked in the parks and recreation field for 24 years and led Farmington to be the first and only nationally accredited agency in the state, according to a press release from the PRCA. He is also currently on the board of the national Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies.

Lewis has been the airport manager since 2014 and since then has secured $20 million of federal funding for the airport, according to a press release from the city of Farmington. He is currently working on airport upgrades that will move it from a category BII airport to a category C airport. The change in category will likely enable commercial airlines to fly into Farmington once again. The last commercial airline serving Farmington left the airport in November citing struggles to find pilots.

Lewis was recognized for his award during a City Council work session earlier this week.

 “It’s wonderful when our staff members get the recognition they deserve,” City Manager Rob Mayes said.

The PRCA also won the KUDO award for print media for its Gateways Activity Guide. The guide highlights PRCA events and is distributed every three months to about 27,000 households.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

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