Latest News – January 6
First Winter Storm of 2017 Leaves Saguache SLICK!
The first major snow storm of 2017 left behind more than a few measurable inches of snow in the Town of Saguache, challenging motorists and pedestrians with treacherous conditions for those brave enough to venture out.
Local town roads were icy and snow-packed, as reported by residents on social media:
“It is bad out there even if it’s only a quarter inch thick!!” posted one resident on the Sagtowners group Facebook Page. Others reported spinning out at the lowest of speeds and simply sailing through stop signs.
Colorado State Patrol reported several accidents and spin outs along CO Highway 17 yesterday, January 5. Eventually the call was made by the Colorado Department of Transportation to close the road last night so that crews could do their jobs. Fortunately this morning shows hope for motorists as road crews had a chance to dig out stranded travelers and clear highways overnight.
It’s a good reminder for winter checkup for your vehicle, even if you’re just traveling across town or across valley on the back roads. Check your tires, if nothing else make sure the tire pressure is correct Remember, The Alta on the highway has a tire pressure and air fill system at your convenience. Colder temperatures change your tire pressure, so give your treads a check. Be sure to have enough washer fluid. There’s nothing worse than driving down a slushy highway and realize you don’t have any wiper juice!
CSP also would like to remind drivers of the following tips for safely moving about in winter weather.
With the incoming colder weather comes the promise of worsening road conditions that puts many San Luis Valley residents on high alert while driving. Snow and studded tires along with tires chains are being added to the list of winter necessities as motorists gear up against the less than favorable roadways of January and February.
Tire chains are highly effective during severe weather conditions but it’s best to have them on your vehicle before entering a potentially compromising situation. Colorado State Patrol officers say the best protection against winter collisions involve implementing cautious driving practice on your own.
Reducing speed, increasing driving distance from other vehicles, and making gradual maneuvers on the road are just a few things that everyone can do to make the roads safer.
Weather can often be unpredictable, so experts also recommend those that are making longer road trips during the winter to pack water, food, blankets in the event of an emergency.
Make 2017 the year that you keep your promises to yourself! Exercise is proven to improve both physical and mental health and there’s no need to go outside and freeze during the colder winter months in the San Luis Valley. Thanks to generous support from the Saguache County Commissioners the BeBOP Studio at 317 San Juan offers a variety of free classes and workout facilities.
Classes include Workout for Women on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. Julia Hammel offers dance classes. For elders and the disabled, Saguache County Public Health offers a chair exercise class every Tuesday at 1 p.m. This is a great way to maintain and improve your mobility while socializing with friends or neighbors. If you need a ride to class or assistance getting in and out please call (719) 655-0216.