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A worker with subcontractor Pro Steel places a steel purlin in place before attaching it to a large metal rafter at WestStar Aviation’s new paint hangar currently under construction at Grand Junction Regional Airport. Tectonic Management Group, Inc., of Wheatridge is the designer and builder of the new hangar, which is tentatively set to be completed late next spring.


It’ll be several months yet before it’s done, but West Star Aviation’s new airplane paint hangar is under construction.
That project, two years in the making, is expected to increase business activity for the Grand Junction Regional Airport’s fixed-based operator, and eventually lead to more jobs there, said Dave Krogman, general manager of West Star.

State fund for retirees is healthy

The state’s largest public employee pension system passed its annual financial checkup with flying colors last week. A state audit of the Colorado Public Employee Retirement Association, which holds and manages pensions for just about every state and local government employee in Colorado, has “no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses.”


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    Dinosaur Journey Museum hosts a family festival Saturday.


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