Snow today, gone tomorrow
January 10, 2010
Snow Much Fun: The recent dumps have brought out snow sliders, but not just at the places you’d think. Those huge piles of dirt at idle construction sites have become renegade tubing and sledding hills.
And while it looks like great fun, it makes me nervous to see adults with a toddler on one hand and a sledding disc in the other walk right past “No Trespassing” signs and duck under ropes. I watched one carload (out of state) pull down a rope and belly-flop slide down some of the big piles while others took photos. These hills are, after all, construction sites and who knows what building material, pieces of equipment or debris lie just inches below the snow, waiting to cause crying and pain. One serious injury and you know there will be lawsuits and calls for better regulation of construction sites.
Snow Melt: We’re still behind our average snowpack for this time of year and if it doesn’t change, that’s going to mean less water in streams in the Spring. The Denver Water Department still wants to divert more out of the Fraser River regardless of the snowpack.
Learn more about the Moffat Firming Project, other Denver Water proposals and what our own county is doing to protect water quality: the Grand County Board of Commissioners hosts an informational meeting at the Inn at Silvercreek from 6:30 until 9 p.m. Water rights and use experts from around the state will be speaking. To learn more about the meeting, go to http://lead360feedback.com/headwaters/invitation.pdf .
Snow Business: Congratulations to Grand County Business Without Borders, our local organization supporting and promoting local businesses. The group is entering its 6th year and has grown and prospered in the past five. There are no membership dues and no fee to join, so if you’re a business owner, especially a small business owner, visit http://www.gcbwb.com for more information and take advantage of what the group has to offer: networking events, seminars, advertising and support.
Snow’s Gone: Six months from now we’ll be wandering around in shorts and t-shirts, enjoying the 37th annual Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair. The arts and crafts show in downtown Winter Park is now accepting applications to participate. For details, artists can go to http://www.alpineartaffair.com. Applications are due by April 30.
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New this year is the town of Winter Park’s requirement that all vendors obtain an annual town business license. The $60 license fee in addition to the booth fee and application fee in a still-struggling economy will probably be enough to stop some artists from attending, which is unfortunate since the event provides funds for student scholarships.
Final Snow: I was saddened to hear of the death of Charlie Meyers, long-time ski industry and outdoors writer for The Denver Post. Charlie was a huge fan of Grand County and all that it offers for the outdoors enthusiast, from skiing to fishing and simply spectacular scenery. Most years of the past two decades Meyers and Post owner William Dean Singleton would start a November day skiing at Winter Park Resort and then race to see how many other resorts they could ski in the same day. Meyers covered six Winter Olympics and was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1993.
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