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Putting a new spin on Grand County’s icy roads

Larry Ebersole / Kremmling Crossroads
Kremmling, Colorado

I have always known from a logical point of view that four-wheel drive doesn’t make you the king of an icy road, but last week I had the thrill of experiencing that fact firsthand.

My wife and I were traveling along Highway 9 early last Friday morning when the front tire on the passenger side of our Jeep slipped off the edge of the road sending us spinning around at least three times that I counted. It was a lot like one of those tilt-a-whirl rides at an amusement park except that this particular spinning adventure was absolutely no fun at all.

Somehow during the process of spinning around Karen was able to remind me she had pointed out I was too close to the edge ” turns out she was right. We ended up with the Jeep facing the highway while sitting on top of a large snow pile on the side of the road, which turned out to be rather fortunate.

Four-wheel drive also turns out to be of no use when three of your wheels are spinning in the air, but I can’t really claim that to be a design problem. We were fortunate that a tow truck just happened to pull up no more than five minutes later and was able to pull us out in a reasonable amount of time.

I learned a couple of things that morning. Accidents can happen to anyone, especially when you least expect it, and every once in a while my wife is right when telling me how to drive.

Spinning on the ice did make me think of Kremmling’s upcoming ice fishing contest at Wolford Mountain Reservoir. One reason to give it try would be the $12,000 tagged fish swimming around the reservoir. I have to admit that I am not an ice fishing expert to any degree. I have bought fish on ice before, but that is as close as I come. The contest takes place on Feb. 14, and you can contact the Kremmling Chamber for all the details.

Another big event the Chamber of Commerce is working on is bringing the Harlem Globetrotters to Kremmling for a game on March 10 at West Grand High School. The game will start at 7 p.m. with the proceeds to be donated by the Chamber to Cliffview Assisted Living Center. Concession proceeds will benefit the West Grand Community Education Foundation.

The Kremmling Chamber is currently putting together their team to take on the Globetrotters. To be eligible to play each team member needs to raise at least $200 in pledges, so please support them if you get the chance.

If you would like to invite family from out of town to come to any of these events but you don’t have anywhere to put them, the Allington Hotel is now open and should have the rooms you need. Kremmling has the distinction as being home to the first Allington in the area with a second unit being built in Walden.

The West Grand Middle School participated in the Brain Bowl in Walden last Friday along with East Grand and North Park. The sixth grade took third place and the seventh grade placed in first while the eighth grade team finished in second place. A very good showing overall for our school.

” Please continue to send items of local interest to Larry Ebersole at Amentalengineer@cs.com or P.O. Box 564 Kremmling, CO 80459.

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