A winner for scariest bear story
ASPEN – For most people in Aspen this summer, the bears have been an inconvenience. For Tom Isaac, they’ve been a terrifying experience.A bear or bears have invaded all parts of his house, igniting a burner on his stove and also leaving “business” on a bed, reports The Aspen Times. But these incidents pale in comparison to what happened on the night of Sept. 20.Isaac was awakened by the sound of cabinets in his kitchen being opened, and drawers and shelves in the refrigerator getting banged around. Then he heard the sound of heavy steps shuffling down the hall toward his bedroom. Isaac, who broke his neck in the early 1980s, leaving him extremely limited use of his hands and no use of his legs and unable to get in and out of bed on his own, was unable to move. But he sensed the bear 6 feet away on the other side of his closed bedroom door.All Isaac could do was pray the bear didn’t burst through his bedroom door. He eventually could no longer hear the bear and managed to drift asleep.
Later, state wildlife officers discovered a 500-pound bear called Fat Albert had been in the area, including his house. Oddly, the bear didn’t leave a scratch on the cabinet or break the refrigerator.Jackson Hole – a major spigot for campaignsJACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – As it becomes ever wealthier, Jackson Hole is becoming a major spigot of money for political candidates.
Through July, Teton County residents had given $1.3 million to federal candidates and causes, reports Jonathan Schechter, a columnist for the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Fifty percent went to Republican causes, 40 percent to Democrats and 10 percent to independents and ostensibly independent causes.By federal law, the names are a matter of public record. Several individuals have given between $50,000 and $100,000 this year. Of course many people get cranky when Schechter prints their names in his column. In response, some potential donors at local fundraisers have used their residences in other states (most major donors have multiple residences) when making their contributions. Only outlaws have armored tanks
GRANBY- In Granby, they’re still hashing out the rant Marvin Heemeyer made and taped and mailed to his brother shortly before rampaging through the town on a bulldozer.In the tape, Heemeyer talked about his perceived enemies, including Patrick Brower, editor of the local newspaper, the Sky-Hi News. Heemeyer accused Brower of being a pot-smoking liberal and Army brat. Brower had this to say in response:”From where I sit, to be called a liberal by Heemeyer is somewhat of a compliment. Liberals like me think there should be a ban on homemade and armored tanks. We probably would have differed on that point. I’m all for tank control. He probably wasn’t.”But what really hurt was when he called me an ‘Army brat,'” Brower further confided in his weekly column. “Such a statement represents calumny of the worst kind, and I simply won’t stand for it. Darn it, I was a Navy brat, not an Army brat. And to this day I’m proud of the distinction, whatever that distinction is.”
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