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Airport security preps for Fox's visit

YAKIMA, Wash. - Tight security surrounded the Yakima Air Terminal on Wednesday for Mexico's President Vicente Fox.

Officials at the airport have been working closely with the secret service as well as local law enforcement for about a week to prepare for Fox's visit.

 "The secret service showed up approximately about a week ago and we've had daily meetings with them just in preparation for the visit," said Jerry Kilpatrick, assistant manager at the airport. 

But security measures at the airport haven't really changed, said Kilpatrick.  

"It's just a matter of making sure you're doing your job, that's all we do," Kilpatrick said. "There's really not a lot of difference than normal operations for the logistical issues."

Flights coming and leaving the airport haven't changed, they are still running on time, Kilpatrick said. The only thing motorists may face is traffic delays near the airport, he said.

During Fox's visit, parts of Washington Avenue were blocked off for his motorcade traveling to and from "G and G Orchards."

So besides a visit from Mexico's President, it's just another day at the airport, Kilpatrick said.

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