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Never-ending quest to find elusive Sasquatch

KETCHUM, Idaho — A university professor from Idaho was in Ketchum recently to talk about Bigfoot, otherwise known as Sasquatch, the mythical beast thought by some to inhabit forests of the Pacific Northwest and perhaps other regions.

Jeffrey Meldrum, from Idaho State University, told the Idaho Mountain Express that advances in film and other technology mean he can go back and dissect previous evidence in the goal determining whether the mythic beast exists.

Meanwhile, The Falcon Project intends to use a drone to conduct flyovers in regions thought to be inhabited by Bigfoot in order to gather more conclusive evidence.

Meldrum was in Ketchum and Sun Valley to drum up believers and pass the hat.

Canmore seeks to curb flood threat

CANMORE, Alberta — In an effort to control its own destiny, Canmore's municipal council has approved $600,000 to study what happened during the floods of June and create a plan for mitigating future rainfalls.

In June, during torrential rainfalls in Alberta, Cougar Creek flooded. Damage was relatively minor, but the surge of water threatened to tear dozens of houses from their foundations.

This isn't the first time the hydrology of Cougar Creek has been studied. In 2008, a report recommended $6.5 million in mitigation. But neither the provincial government nor CP Rail, which has a bridge that constricts flows, contributed.

The Rocky Mountain Outlook reports that several elected officials wanted to see more robust participation this time around, but Councilor Joanna McCallum said it was not time to lollygag. "It won't happen on its own," she said.

Mathias Jakob, the town's project manager, said the problem is solvable, but the outcome depends on the entire process.

Sex and drugs and Widespread Panic

DRIGGS, Idaho — When the band Widespread Panic played at Grand Targhee Resort in early June, the entire concert venue filled with 10,000 people smelling of burning marijuana.

Local police had a dog trained to detect drugs, but she never left the patrol car.

"There's really no point," said detective Chad Sashse. "She'd be turning circles no matter where she went."

What do you do if you're a cop in such a place? The Jackson Hole News&Guide says that police — there were 15 from Wyoming's Teton County and the U.S. Forest Service — were selectively assigned to keep order.

"They knew from the start they were only going to catch the unruly, the unlucky and the unobservant," says the newspaper.

Those who blazed blatantly in front of the cops got caught. At the end of the night, just 11 people had been arrested and 22 more had been issued citations. The cops also confiscated three tanks of nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas.

Among those with "slapped hands" was a father-son combination. The 21-year old had a joint in his pocket. The father, 54, admitted to doing a "few grams" of psilocybin mushrooms. A few more grams were found in his pocket.

"Your mother is going to be so pissed," the father said to his less-amused son.

"To be honest, I've been doing this shit since 1974. Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, right?"

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