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Today we're debuting a new feature: Biz Bits.

Biz Bits is a column that will run periodically in the Sunday business section. The purpose of the column is to get interesting local business news into the paper that we might not otherwise, for whatever reason.

We'll also use this space to recap interesting news that has run in Biz Buzz, our popular business blog on JournalStar.com.

Hey buddy, can you spare a passenger?

September was not a good month for the Lincoln Airport.

Passenger traffic was down 10 percent compared with September 2008, but if you don't count charter flights, which were up 150 percent, commercial air traffic was down 14 percent for the month.

What's even worse, September was the first month this year in which numbers from Allegiant Air weren't figuring into the year-over-year monthly comparison.

Allegiant ended service in Lincoln on Sept. 1 last year.

For the year, traffic is down 11 percent compared with last year, and the airport seems headed to its fifth-straight year-over-year decline.

If the trend continues, the airport will hit lows not seen in a quarter century.

If the airport sees at least a 10 percent drop for the full year, it will have fewer than 300,000 passengers, the first time that's happened since 1983.

Environment for growthNew Horizons Enterprises LLC, a Kansas City-area company that does environmental consulting and remediation work, has opened an office in Lincoln, its first outside Kansas City.

The company is working on asbestos removal at the former Villager Courtyard and Gardens Hotel at 52nd and O streets and also does environmental management work for the Nebraska National Guard.

"Our existing work with the Lincoln Villager property, as well as our working relationship with the Nebraska National Guard and the wonderful local business environment made Lincoln a logical choice to expand New Horizons' operations," said Stephanie Isaacson, New Horizons president and co-founder.

Dustin Huenink is the head of the Lincoln office and its only permanent employee. He said the company currently has four part-time employees working on the Villager project.

The best of the Buzz

Excerpts from recent Biz Buzz postings:

- Five Guys Burgers and Fries is actively looking for sites in Lincoln. Also, something called Potbelly Sandwich Works is looking for a local franchisee.

- Looks like Sidewinders is for sale. An ad on Craigslist advertises a bar at 17th and O streets for $80,000.

Go to http://www.journalstar.com/news/opinion/blogs/biz-buzz/ to see more one these items and read other Biz Buzz posts.

Have a business news tip? Send it to businessnews@journalstar.com

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