Area officials on the airport controversy

Janet Rowland, Mesa County commissioner

Craig Meis, Mesa County commissioner

Steve Acquafresca, Mesa County commissioner

Jim Doody, Grand Junction City Council

Laura Luke, Grand Junction City Council

Tom Kenyon, Grand Junction mayor

Teresa Coons, Grand Junction City Council

Sam Susuras, Grand Junction City Council

Denny Granum, Grand Junction Regional Airport Board

Tom LaCroix, Grand Junction Regional Airport Board

Doug Simons, Grand Junction Regional Airport Board

What Mesa County Commissioners are saying:

“A few people now have brought so much attention to the Grand Junction airport that TSA won’t even talk to anybody. The airport was not thought out when it was built. General aviation should have been more separated from commercial aviation.”

— Janet Rowland


“I think that mistakes have been made in the public process, but they realized they had a problem. The naysayers are making the problem way more than it should be.”

— Craig Meis, regarding the Airport Authority


“I believe the structure of the system we have is a good structure. I’m not entirely certain that it’s been hitting on all cylinders. Clearly the fence and the gate, other than meeting a regulatory need, it’s a failure.”

— Steve Acquafresca


What Grand Junction City Council members are saying:


“I don’t think that’s our responsibility to pay for their gate or their fence. I’m not willing to spend taxpayer money on that.”

— Jim Doody


“Just from an outsider looking in, it’s like your son turns 16 and you cosign for a Ferrari, turn him onto the street, and you never hold him accountable again. That’s what we’ve done.”

— Laura Luke, about City Council’s handling of the airport


“It’s inappropriate for me to bash the airport manager. If there’s a vote to do that, I’m more than happy to do that. The rest of the board likes him and trusts him and has a really high opinion of him.”

— Tom Kenyon, Grand Junction mayor and a member of the Airport Authority


“I’m frustrated is the main thing. Unfortunately I don’t know what to believe with all the information that’s come out.”

— Teresa Coons


“I do support Rex Tippetts, and I do support the airport board. I do think mistakes have been made, but I think it’s gotten totally out of hand. Right now we need to put it in their hands.”

— Sam Susuras


what Airport Authority members are saying:


“The two biggest complaints we heard — the lack of air service and the lack of food service — we solved both of those. General aviation is important; however, it can’t be the tail wagging the dog. (General aviation) is suffering because of what is happening all across the country.”

— Denny Granum


“Rex is from Wyoming. Rex is not a politician. Rex is not Tim Foster. He is not Jamie Hamilton. Rex knows FAA and TSA.”

— Tom LaCroix


“We are making this airport better than we found it.”

— Doug Simons


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