Janet Day: What’s up with all the spring snow in January?
January 26, 2009
This is Colorado? What’s up with this heavy, wet, spring-like snow in January? I want my powder back.
The nearly three feet of snow that’s fallen in the past week is pretty to look at but a pain to shovel, annoying to drive or walk through and a challenge to ride on a snowboard. “Like going through mashed potatoes,” is how one friend described it.
About the only upsides I can find for this heavy snow is the water content, which is good for our rivers, and the snow’s pack-ability. Being able to smash it into solid shapes was a plus for all those creative wanna-be Michelangelos who participated in the snow-sculpting contest during Mary Jane’s Birthday Bash last weekend. The crew at the top of the Winter Park Resort Cabriolet took top honors, but the snow statues at many of the resort’s lifts were amazing or entertaining.
The East Coast-like snow also is bringing down quite a few trees and branches. Sadly, from what I’ve noticed in my neighborhood and along some trails, it’s pulling down the healthy trees, not the dead ones. Big branches of green needles offer enough support for the wet snow to pile up, but then crack under the weight. Some trees are starting to lean precariously toward roadways.
The big dump also led to trash bins left on the side of the road being buried by plowing crews. I’m particularly miffed about my neighborhood’s most annoying part-time resident, one who leaves the trash bin on the side of the road on Sundays even though trash isn’t picked up until Wednesdays. Many weekends, especially if the owners have guests or have rented their home, trash bags just get tossed next to the bin, not in it. Of course the birds, fox and dogs spread it around. (Judging by the wrappers dragged up and down the road, the fast food business is not suffering.) I fear now the weekly bags of garbage will just be left atop the snow piles and ignored.
My home is outside any municipal boundaries and I don’t expect the county to use its limited resources to enforce littering laws throughout neighborhoods, but there ought to be a way to issue warnings, citations and fines for our visiting litterbugs.
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Out and About. Last week’s column about the importance of keeping dollars in the county during tough economic times garnered a lot of comment, especially from people who liked the idea of going out for food or drink once a week and taking a friend along, even if it’s just for an appetizer or quick cocktail. One friend of mine suggested that it should be a different friend each week and then that friend goes out with a friend the next week and so on. The idea is to be out, be seen, be happy. It’s beneficial for visitors to see locals out and about. And it’s therapeutic for locals to get out and about at a time when we’re all worried about money and jobs.
I had a nice hour or so catching up with a friend at Fontenot’s last week. I’ll hit somewhere else this week. I’ve heard good things about the Back Country Grill and new Sushi King, neither of which I’ve visited yet.
Another establishment I’ve heard raves about is the Riverside Inn in Hot Sulphur Springs. Several friends have eaten there in the past few months and returned with nothing but praise for the owners. You can check it out Thursday evening when the Art out of Thin Air coalition of local artists meets at the inn at 5:30. I’m planning to be there showing off some new product lines.
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