Dear Readers: Remember that question about the mysterious black thing swimming in the pond on the 12th hole at Ute Creek Golf Course? Get a load of this.
Hi Johnnie: What that person probably saw was a scuba diver recovering golf balls from the lake.
I did that a couple of years ago with permission from the management. We must pay the course for the balls we recover. We clean, sort, package and resell the balls. I know a diver was out there recently, because just last week I asked Sam, the head professional, about it. So, I’ll bet that could be it. — Ron
Dear Ron: When I read your letter, I thought: Could be, but I’d better call Ute Creek just to be sure.
Greg answered the phone, so I asked him about it. When he finished laughing, he told me that the course allows divers to retrieve balls, but usually during the fall. He told me he’d have to check with the head pro.
Turns out, a diver was retrieving balls out there about a month ago. There’s your pond monster.
Dear Johnnie: This past week or so I have noticed when traveling all over Longmont and also coming into Longmont that on our roads/streets we find what I can only describe as “black ropes” going from one side of the road to another, where they feed into a small black box. Excuse me if I’m just a bit unaware of this, but could you explain what it’s for and how often it happens? — Joe
Dear Joe: I was pretty sure you were talking about traffic-counting devices, but I called the city’s traffic engineering department just to be sure.
Cindy answered the phone. She confirmed that the city uses road tubes to gather information about traffic flow. If you see one tube, it’s counting cars. If you see two tubes, they are measuring speed. She added that sometimes you might see a van near the road, with someone inside counting “turning movements” — that is, the number of cars taking a left, right or going straight.
Cindy said the city is always gathering traffic data.
By the way, those tubes use air pressure, with air pulses triggering the counter every time the tube is rolled over.