(Montrose) Starting November 20 the local Colorado Highway Patrol will have access to the Weather Channel. As a result it is hoped that road reports will become more current. In the past if one called the police agency for an updated road report he was forced to accept one from yesterday, or the day before.

“Hey, if you don’t believe me, try it for yourself,” said Melvin Toole a former city pencilman, who slid off Red Mountain in the ice and snow last week after a Highway Patrol report of balmy temperatures and dry conditions all the way to Aztec.

While no one wants to be maliciously critical of an agency that does most things right, the road reports have been a thorn in the side of those of us who must travel these arteries for a living. When someone has to drive to Salida on Friday they really don’t care that the road was dry on Thursday night.

“With any luck at all the dispatcher or other responsible party will have the Weather Channel on at all times allowing a concise and up-to-the-minute appraisal of mother nature at all times of the day and night,” said Toole. “We hope that soap operas and old movies, offered on the local cable system, will be off-limits.”

Prior to this development callers were most likely to hear a recording warning people not to drink and drive and to wear their seat belts.

“The agency has responded appropriately,” stressed Toole who added that DUI arrests would continue to be chronicled on the financial page of your daily newspaper.

– Rocky Flats

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