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GYPSUM – The Vail Valley Jet Center is looking to respond to a heightened demand for general aviation services by adding additional hangar and ramp space. The jet center’s plan, which was recently approved by the Gypsum Town Council, calls for the construction of three additional 28,000 square foot airplane hangars, a second de-icing facility, and eight more acres of ramp space to store planes. The Jet Center is in the process of getting its plans approved by Gypsum, Eagle County, the state, and the Federal Aviation Administration. “We want to make sure growth of the airport takes into account the impacts of the whole area. That is why the regulations are in place,” says Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll. The driving force for the increased traffic at the airport stems from two radar system improvements funded by Eagle County, said Paul Gordon, the jet center’s president.

There are more aircraft that want land at the airport during Christmas and other busy holidays than the airspace will allow. Since the installation of one new radar system in late November, there has been a 12% increase in traffic operations in December. So far, January traffic is up 22% from last year’s January numbers, Gordon said. In 2005, the jet center added a 28,000 square foot hangar and 74,000 square feet of ramp to meet the immediate business demand.”The hangar space has allowed the airport to accommodate an additional eight aircraft a night,” Gordon said. “The new ramp space has allowed the airport to store an additional 30 aircraft during peak times.”- Steven Sekelik

BEAVER CREEK – Breast cancer patients being treated at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards are invited to indulge in complimentary massage, spa treatments or hair consultations at the Allegria Spa in the Beaver Creek Hyatt. The program is hosted by the Marilyn Klein Memorial Breast Cancer Support Fund, which helps cancer patients care for themselves. For more information, call Vanessa Lewis at 569-7606.



A two-part lecture series called “Exit Strategies: Orchestrating the Finale – Strategies for my Life,” will discuss how to talk about the issues and concerns that come at the end of a person’s life. The lecture will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, 322 Beard Creek Road. The program, which was created by Dr. Nancy Johnson of Ohio and will include speakers from around the Vail Valley, aims to make people comfortable with preparing for their deaths. The first lecture will focus on speaking with loved ones, financial planning and wrapping up legal ends. The second will discuss fulfilling final dreams and desires, and address fears and worries of dying. Speakers will also talk about the lack of cemeteries in the valley. Admission is $50 for both sessions, and reservations are required. Call 476-0954 or visit http://www.vaildymposium.org to save a spot to for more information. A light supper will be offered.Vail, Colorado


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