Traffic along Highway 40 in Northwest Colorado has been busier than normal. A rockslide closed I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, in both directions. The detour was 146 extra miles and about three extra hours through Rifle, Craig, Steamboat and on down to Wolcott. Eastbound I-70 should be open and CDOT was trying to keep one lane of westbound I-70 open, but there is a lot of repair work that needs to be done to the road, and bridge wall. Donny Logan of Grand Junction was driving through the rockslide, and was lucky to get out safely. He says he realized what was happening and he put his car in reverse to back up as far and as fast as he could. He then started flagging down other motorists to tell them to stop and watch out.
6-year-old Charlee Shaw of Clark continues to recover from that traffic accident on I-70 on Christmas Eve. Her mother was killed when another car crossed the median and hit them. Doctors weren’t sure Charlee would be able to speak again, but she had her first words since the accident on Jan. 14… and that was I love you, to her father, Brett. She does best when her three brothers are visiting. Brett Shaw’s parents have sold their business and have moved to North Routt to help him with the children.
Moffat County photographer Karen Mack got first place in the crops category in a photography contest hosted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Her award-winning picture of wheat is called “Blowing in the Wind.” Karen Mack’s work is for sale at the Downtown Bookstore and Pack Center Shipping. Her work will also be on display this Saturday for the 24th Annual Art Walk.
Kallie McCain from Meeker is a top finalist in the Voice of Democracy essay contest. The Meeker High School student was the first place winner in District 9 and then advanced to the state competition in Greeley where she finished 4th. McCain’s essay was titled, “Why My Vote Matters.”
The 106th Winter Carnival starts in Steamboat Springs tonight with Opening Ceremonies. Nancy and Gary Gray are Grand Marshals this year. Nancy was born and raised in Steamboat.
Nancy Gray has also been a ski instructor at Steamboat Resort for 46 years. The opening ceremonies for Winter Carnival start at 5:30 tonight, at Olympian Hall.
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