Cathy Walton-Smith -Must be the ‘Year of the Rabbit’ |

Cathy Walton-Smith -Must be the ‘Year of the Rabbit’

Cathy Walton-Smith / View from the LakeGrand Lake, CO Colorado

Wabbits! Rabbits! Wabbits! No, rabbits! Pesky wabbits! OK, bunnies!Along the county roads, it seems to be the year of the bunny. Mostly observed at night, they run right in front of the car and then convince themselves that you’re chasing them. Running at top speed with an occasional glance over the shoulder to see if you’re still there. I’ve taken to turning off my headlights and stopping just to get them off the road.My cows even have pet rabbits – It’s true! Even though rabbits have a small brain, they have figured out that they can get a good night’s sleep, without fear of fox or coyote, by snuggling up against a warm cow for the night. I’ve been told to get a picture of this, but the creatures are easily startled by light and approaching humans.Byron, can you help me out here?Most Grand Lake businesses and residents have heard by now that our Chamber Director, Brad Taylor, has resigned. The community will miss him and all the hard work he did for us. I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of him. We will be gathering together for a Thank You and Appreciation of Brad’s Service to the Chamber at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Gateway. It’s a potluck, so bring finger food or munchies to share, there will be a cash bar.At 6 .m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, it’s Movie Night at the Juniper Library. This week’s showing, Post Grad, starring Alexis Bledel and Michael Keaton. Comedy; rated PG-13. “Ryden Malby always assumed it would be easy to find a job with a college diploma. But when nothing materializes after graduation, she’s forced to move back in with her dysfunctional family and work full-time at maintaining her sanity.” Popcorn will be served. Come out for an evening with the stars. FREE. The next Full Moon Ski is coming up from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Grand Lake Touring center (Grand Lake Golf Course). Enjoy a campfire, hot cocoa & marshmallows, as well as a great evening by moonlight.The flags of the nations should be popping up around town this week. On Friday, there will be an official “carrying of the torch” from the Chamber Visitor Center into town to mark the start of the “Winter Olympics – Grand Lake Style,” Presently, there are eight King & Queen candidates. They are: Carissa Eidson & Peter Mill – Pancho & Lefty’s, Lisa Jenkins & Shawn Murphy – Gateway, Tina Ely & Mike Carter – Sagebrush, Stephanie & Jim Kroepfl – Bears Den, Julie & Jim Gasner – Lariat, Theresa & Tom Powell, – Town of Grand Lake, Judy Kish & Randy Claeys – Johnson’s Landing, and CarolAnn & Clive Smith – Waconda. Vote early and vote often! Teams are now forming for the other competitions to be held on February 6. Call the team organizer for more details. Bed Sled Race – Ami Frutchey 531-1049, Teapot Curling – Scott Munn 887-9366, Human Bowling – Dave & Kathy Whitman 627-1141, Flag Football – Gentlemens’ Club call Mark at 303-886-5335. Participate in the games!Coming up next month, mark your calendar to attend X-TREME MOUNTAIN RACING HIGH FLY’IN SNOCROSS, Saturday and Sunday, Feb 20-21 at the Winding River Ranch just north of town. The racing begins daily at 9:30 a.m. Follow the XMR signs; admission is only $5 with kids 10 and under free. Check it out at