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Getting inside the minds of chickens

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Ever wish you could get inside the head of your dog or cat? Heidi Grengg thinks she can help. A telepathic animal communicator, Grengg listens to animals by clearing her own mind and mentally locating the thoughts, feelings, and pictures in the heads of animals. The process is similar, she told the Jackson Hole News & Guide (May 21), to finding a particular radio station on the airwaves.In the last eight years, she has asked a bison to get out of the road, listened to a chicken tell her his dreams, and persuaded a dog to tell her his previous name.——–Largest fireworks show in Rockies is on againAVON -Avon’s annual July 4th fireworks display, billed as the “largest in the Rockies,” was temporarily killed, owing to declining town revenues.Then merchants and residents bombarded the town council. Asking for $20,000 in contributions from businesses, the council then revealed a plan for a scaled-down fireworks display. However, with fireworks, musicians, and a laser show, the event will still cost about $110,000. For the first time in three years, it will be a sudsy evening. Coors, it seems, has upped its ante, reports the Vail Daily (May 29).——–Fireplaces in ski cabins a conundrumTABERNASH – Do you need a roaring, crackling fireplace to sell a “rustic” semi-backcountry ski experience? That seems to be the question in the Winter Park area, where famous Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a cross country ski area of great distinction, intends to build 24 cabins – if a four-bedroom structure can be described that way – to supplement its existing lodge.Existing rules in Grand County say that solid-fuel burning devices are permitted in new single-family homes, but not in commercial projects, such as condominiums, explains the Sky-Hi News (May 22). The cabins at Devil’s Thumb Ranch will essentially be free-standing single-family homes for rent, and hence the policy conundrum.————Colorado rivers turgid, unlike runoff last yearCENTRAL COLORADO – As a warm Memorial Day dissolved into memories, a succession of blazing-hot days reduced the above-average snowpack into water that thundered down the rivers around Aspen and Vail. “The snowpack is coming down all at once,” National Weather Service hydrologist Brian Avery told The Aspen Times (May 30).This runoff may seem more thunderous than usual in part because of the stark comparison with last year’s drought-starved snowpack. Last year’s spring melt was so trifling that it could easily be unnoticed. For example, the Roaring Fork River last year peaked at 2,170 cubic feet per second at Glenwood Springs, little more than a third of the average peak of 6,150 cfs. This year the river was projected to hit 6,900 cfs.But the story changes from valley to valley. Only a few miles away from the Roaring Fork, the Eagle River at Gypsum had set a record flow of nearly 5,000 cfs. Farther up the valley, at Vail, the tributary creek was running 1,700 cfs, compared to the 10 cfs it sometimes runs during winter, said the Vail Daily (May 28).———–Ban on drive-throughs sustained at Lake TahoeLAKE TAHOE – A ban on construction of drive-through restaurants, banks, and whatnot in the Lake Tahoe Basin since 1987 will continue. Elected officials were persuaded that lifting the ban would worsen air quality, traffic, and aesthetics.One argument for lifting the ban was presented by a pharmacy that wanted to provide a drive-through for the convenience of single moms, sick people, and so forth. The response to that argument? Provide a home delivery service, reports the Tahoe Daily Tribune (May 28).———Car/truck idling law now in effect in TellurideTELLURIDE – It’s final now. Allowing your car to idle for more than 30 seconds in Telluride is now a misdemeanor offense. Police will issue warning tickets for the first six months before revealing the teeth of this new law. Among the incisors could be the Denver boot, a device applied to the wheels of offending vehicles to immobilize them until owners have paid overdue fines. The intent of the idling-ban is to reduce pollution, reports The Telluride Watch (May 23).————Sun Valley loses 25 percent of guest beds in last 2 yearsWOOD RIVER VALLEY, Idaho – Sun Valley and adjoining communities have lost 25 percent of their guest beds in the last two years, the result of hotels being torn down and not replaced. Citing this figure, Carol Waller, executive director of the Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber of Commerce, says economic development in a tourist town isn’t a bad phrase, according to the Idaho Mountain Express (May 23).


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