Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I, too, was amongst the hundreds of vehicles parked bumper-to-bumper on the entrance ramp to I-70 westbound in the tiny town of Dotsero on Nov. 29 after an accident closed Glenwood Canyon in both directions.
After six hours living in my car with my family, I was confused when I-70 was reopened and law enforcement or whoever is in charge would not let all these motorists packed in every nook and cranny of Dotsero go first.
The things I saw happening around us was like I was in the twilight zone. I witnessed an elderly man cut down a barbed-wire fence so he could turn his car around and get out of the crowd. I also saw a lot of cars going the wrong way on this two-way street, and I was sure there would be a head-on collision right in front of me. Several drivers risked it all and drove right into sagebrush and ditches to just merge right onto the interstate because they knew we were not going anywhere. Oh, and of course, a lot of people urinating everywhere. But you knew that could not be helped.
Lucky for my family and me, we had just shopped at Costco, so at least we had food.
There was no order or proper management with this situation. You could have had a lot more accidents.
Please do as much Christmas shopping as possible with the merchants in town. We have books, a food co-op, Mexican goods, jewelry, art, electronics, antiques, fine pre-owned goods, specialty foods, Asian wares, furniture, kitchen ware and a variety of other great goods and services.
I focus my holiday gift buying in Carbondale every year. It’s a great way to get to know the people behind the cash register and find cool, imaginative gifts for friends and family. And by doing so this year, you’ll be helping your neighbors stay in business and keeping your sales tax dollars where they belong, in Carbondale.
Last year I bought my stocking stuffers at Valley View Hospital. I found great buys (and great ideas) for all ages at bargain prices. This year they’re even adding specially priced items marked with blue Christmas lights.
Completely run by volunteers, the Valley View Hospital gift shop (aptly named Heart to Heart) sets out gift tables in the upper lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec.4.
You can drive to the northeast door and use free valet parking, or park in the upper lot and walk a few steps to the lobby. All proceeds go to Valley View Hospital Auxiliary’s scholarships and the Connie Delaney Medical Library.
Don’t miss the raffle drawing at 11 a.m. during the sale. A $1 raffle ticket offers a chance to win a hand-pieced Victorian folk art quilt by Sandra McCabe. Second prize is $500 cash, while third and fourth place winners receive $100 savings bonds.
The annual stocking stuffer sale is a smart place to save money, see friends and help this regional community. I’ll see you there!
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