Mountain News: What goes well with eight or 10 drinks? 

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CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. — So, this 21-year-old guy has five or six drinks at one bar near Crested Butte and then hitches a ride into town, and has another five or six drinks at another bar. Then, he pulls a handgun from his pocket.

Can you imagine any good outcome from this story?

Well no, there wasn't. The gun went off, sending a bullet into the pelvic area of his drinking buddy. The drinking buddy survived but has been treated at least two hospitals, reports the Crested Butte News.

Witnesses told police no anger or malice was evident. The shooter claims an accident. Why he lit out from the bar after the accident wasn't explained, other than things "went fuzzy."

As they tend to do after 10 or 12 drinks.

Age, altitude yield less healthy sleep

ASPEN, Colo. — Two rooms of the expanded Aspen Valley Hospital will be devoted to sleep studies, in which the blood oxygen levels, brain waves, and breathing rates of sleeping patients will be recorded.

It is, hospital officials tell the Aspen Daily News, another way in which the hospital is trying to accommodate the needs of the Aspen area's aging population.

Sleep apnea is a problem prevalent among people as they age and those who are overweight. It is also more pronounced at higher elevations. When apnea occurs, people breathe sporadically. The resulting intermittent loss of oxygen cumulatively leads to heart and other problems.

Christian Prayer references nixed

JACKSON, Wyo. — "Jesus doesn't have a prayer at the Jackson Hole Rodeo," reports the Jackson Hole News&Guide.

The story began last summer. An operator allowed to use municipal property for the twice-weekly rodeos began them with prayers that often included Biblical verses and other overt mentions of Christian belief. Some of those attending objected, as they felt forced to join.

In response, town officials asked the rodeo promoter to make the prayer nonsectarian, saying the town could not legally endorse a specific religion. The rodeo operator did, but then reverted back to a prayer rooted in the Bible.

All of this comes down to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech..."

What does this mean in practice? Many people have argued that framers of the Constitution, who were mostly Christian, meant only that a specific type of Christian religion — say a Presbyterian or Baptist — could not be made the state religion, as had existed in England.

The Jackson town government makes the case that the prayer needs to be of the sort that somebody of another religion could live with. "Those of us who honour Christianity will do so in our hearts, as we always have," said Jackson Mayor Mark Barron. And those who honour Islam, Judaism or another faith will do so in their hearts as well, he added. This is, he said, a "unifying opportunity."

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