Mountains

The UPS ‘guardian angel’ servicing Rico does it again

I have a story that I have been meaning to write about. A couple of years or so ago, I was returning home one afternoon from a shopping trip to Cortez. It was a cold winter day, the jeep had a warm heater and all was comfy. I fell asleep at the wheel above Montelores bridge hill, missed a curve, hit a huge snowbank and went sailing upside down toward a ravine and a big old pine tree — right in front of a UPS delivery truck. The driver, Brad Sieber — now my hero and guardian angel — gets to me with his special digging shovel and frees me, while I’ve been hanging upside down, mind you. I did what I thought I should do, and wrote a nice letter to his manager advising him of “what Brown did for me!” In September, Caleb Soptelean of the Cortez Journal, wrote an article titled “UPS driver a ‘Good Samaritan’ — man stays with elderly woman until ambulance arrives” — it turns out that the UPS driver and his wife Charlotte (I read in the article) were taking a holiday and came upon the bad traffic accident. He scaled the steep drop to tend to the elderly lady who was still in the vehicle, while Charlotte found a resident up the road who had a phone, and called an ambulance and the fire department for assistance. As you all know, cell phones don’t always work too well in the mountains at times. So, Brad Sieber did it again, with Charlotte’s help. Not everyone can be so fortunate to have a guardian angel servicing your area!

Kelby Nunley, daughter of Jenny Nunley, and Wyatt Jones, son of Kim and Todd Jones of Rico, attended the 31st Annual Hesperus Leadership Conference along with other members of their FFA chapter from Dolores High School on September 25th and 26th.

The Holts have returned to Arizona for the winter, which means that we no longer have our unofficial weather man to tell us what we need to know when it snows a foot or whatever. Come to think of it, Duane Holt may not even know how to collect and measure snow since they never see any where they live in Arizona! We keep a daily record on our calendar of the inches received when it snows. That will have to do until we can find someone to do the winter weather reports.

Speaking of snow and winter weather, we have not received any of either, so far. It got down to 22 degrees a couple of days ago, though. With a slight breeze, the cold does give one a cold nose and colder hands. We have observed that this first rifle season is bringing some results, as several families have harvested their game. We did not get the two inches of snow to help the hunters, but it was pretty good as far as wind and other conditions were concerned.

Marlene Hazen has lived in Rico for two decades. An active member of the community, she participates in organizations such as the Rico Women’s Club and Rico Historical Society.

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