What's In A Name?

Since 1942, Grand Junction's airport has been known as Walker Field, named after Walter Walker, an aviation enthusiast and newspaper publisher, but the airport may soon have a new name.

Grand Junction Municipal Airport is what the Grand Valley's airstrip was called when it opened in 1930 and it's potential new name is along the same lines.

The airport's board is considering the name change, to Grand Junction Regional Airport, in part based on a Denver consultant report that indicated the airport has no regional relevance or direct connection to Grand Junction for travelers.

Some tenants at Walker Field say the change would bring in more private jet traffic and would benefit the entire community.

Others are saying a name change will tarnish Walker's legacy, however, the board says that will not be lost if the name is changed as a terminal, surrounding roadway and fire equipment building are all named after the former U.S. Senator.

A decision regarding the name change will be made during the board's meeting next week.


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