Getting back on track

Front Range blizzard affects Craig, although snow missed

Now that the frozen roads have thawed, Lynda Overton has many more frozen foods to stock at City Market.

While blizzards hit the Front Range for four to five days, Overton said the store received no shipments and the shelves looked barren.

City Market manager Kirk Mahaffie agreed with Overton, saying the store definitely had issues.

Produce such as potatoes, onions and bananas were among the biggest problems.

"We had a lot of people call to see if we got the perishables back," Mahaffie said. "We got some stuff here and there, but it was sporadic."

At Safeway, assistant manager Dennis Falloon said his store is also getting back on track, and company trucks could not get in or out of Denver.

Both store officials said the stores lost some money throughout the shortage, but in the end nothing was seriously hurt.

"We didn't have the paper towels in your brand, but we had paper towels," Mahaffie said.

To deal with the lack of food, City Market was able to get a few items from Grand Junction, where the roads were clear.

The Safeway trucks, on the other hand, reduced their size. This way, the trucks could deliver fewer products to more stores so that no one store was completely stocked while another was left high and dry.

A smaller supplier of food, Carelli's Italian Restaurant, closed down for a portion of a day because trucks were running behind.

Nine miles west of Craig, rancher Ervin Gerber hasn't blinked an eye at all the snow the Front Range has got.

In fact, he'd like a bit more of it for himself.

"It's the moisture," Gerber said. "That's our livelihood.

"I can remember when I was a kid, people lived through a lot worse than this," Gerber said. "This is not the end of the world."

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