It’s snow time!
Many residents of Mesa County didn’t make it to work Tuesday because of the massive snowstorm that hit the area beginning Monday afternoon. They couldn’t ride Grand Valley Transit buses because they weren’t running. Students couldn’t attend classes at Mesa State College, School District 51 or many other schools in the region. Some government offices weren’t open. Others closed early.
But most of those who subscribed to The Daily Sentinel received their newspapers Tuesday, even if some papers came late.
There’s self-congratulation in that statement, we’ll admit, but also a great deal of admiration.
More than 70 percent of this newspaper’s delivery people were out before daylight Tuesday — as they are every day. This day many of them were delivering papers along streets and in neighborhoods that wouldn’t see a snowplow until long after the paper had been delivered.
Not that the Sentinel delivery efforts went off without a hitch. Delivery was cancelled in certain parts of Orchard Mesa and mountain areas outside of the Grand Valley because roads were impassable in many places. On other routes, delivery was delayed until later in the day, when more roads were plowed. In many neighborhoods, papers were delivered, but buried under snow before customers found them. Still, delivery crews worked hard to get papers to as many customers as possible.
Our admiration isn’t reserved exclusively for newspaper carriers. Many other people were out in the blowing snow, on slick roads long before the sun appeared, simply because theirw jobs required it.
Officers with the Colorado State Patrol, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and Grand Junction Police Department, along with emergency crews, were out through much of the night and throughout Tuesday, handling the most serious of the many snow-related accidents that occurred.
Whether Grand Junction and Mesa County have enough snowplows and drivers to handle a snowfall such as occurred this week is a highly debatable question, especially given the current economic conditions. But we applaud those who were out, working extra hours in tough conditions to try to keep major roadways cleared and to plow side streets as time permitted. The same is true for the Colorado Department of Transportation plow drivers who worked through the night keeping Interstate 70 and other state highways open.
Doctors, nurses and other health providers continued to meet the needs of patients at the area’s hospitals and medical clinics.
Our sincere thanks go out to all those who worked Tuesday, under extremely difficult weather conditions, because they had jobs that needed to be done.