Cathy Walton-Smith: Warm days, cold nights, dangerous driving |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Warm days, cold nights, dangerous driving

Cathy Walton-SmithView from the LakeGrand Lake, Colorado

What do we get when we have a snowy day followed by a warm day followed by a really cold day repeated over and over again? The main roads are nice and clear and dry, but the county roads are very slippery with dry snowpack on ice and the avalanche danger is very high in the wilderness. Here are a few winter driving tips that might help keep you out of that ditch.1. Four-wheel drive is not four-wheel stop.2. When your windshield is splattered with road muck, keep the wipers on high and make sure you have washer fluid.3. Never pass a snowplow.4. Even well-sanded black ice is slippery.5. If your headlights won’t penetrate the blinding snowfall, pull over and let someone else lead the pack.6. Get new tires when you need them.7. We live here. We can drive as slow as we want.8. If you find yourself in a spin, shift into neutral as you continue to swear and it will stop almost immediately.9. Let someone else drive.10. If you don’t feel good about it, stay home.At 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, Grand Lake retailers will hold an open meeting to discuss issues relevant to the retail communityat Blue Water Bakery (formerly Black Bear Caf). All retailers are encouraged to attend whether chamber members or not. Please RSVP to the Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (970) 627-3402 if you plan to attend. The discussion will be informal. However, the Chamber will put together a casual agenda. If you have items for the agenda, please get them to Brad at the Chamber.The Flight for Life Poker Run, sponsored by the Grand Lake Trailblazers on Feb. 14 needs food donations for its lunch sales. Past support of this worthy event is greatly appreciated by the Trailblazers and they are hopeful that restaurants and individuals will again help with this important fundraiser. Should you wish to contribute food or make a cash donation to this event, please contact Steve Armstead, Poker Run Co-Chair, at (970) 627-1741.There is a new rule at the post office that could cause mail you send to be bounced back and delayed. I found out the hard way. It seems that Homeland Security wants every piece of mail weighing over 13 ounces to be mailed only at the lobby window. Gone are the days of slapping on the correct postage, and dropping it in the box. It will come back every time. I can only wonder what is next.Stop by the Grand Lake Juniper Library this Saturday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. for a Historical Program: 10th Mountain Division. Two of Colorado’s famed 10th Mountain Division veterans will tell about their experiences at Camp Hale, the Aleutian Islands and Italy during WWII. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear first-hand about some of the many challenges they faced and overcame. Refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by Western Riviera Motel.Ongoing children’s programs at the library offer lots of preschool and after school fun. Check out the Preschool Story Hour at Mountain Family Center every Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. Toddler & Preschool Story Hour, Fridays at 11 a.m. After School Story Hour, K- fifth grades on Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. and the Big Screen Matinee on the last Thursday of the month at 3:45 p.m.This Saturday night is the first Concert in the Pines of the year. See Alex Komodore and Jeff LaQuatra a classical guitar duo in concert at the Grand Lake Community House, 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults with tickets available at the door. Wine will be available for $5 a glass. Sponsored by the Grand Arts Council.Make lemonade.

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