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Dogs allowed to run free

FRASER, Colo. – Dogs are still running free in Fraser — in theory, provided they are under the voice command of their owners.

That theory has been challenged in the last couple of years. Several people say they are afraid to walk the streets of the town, for fear of an attack. In response, town trustees reviewed a law that would have mandated leashes.

But in a 5-to-2 vote before a standing-room only crowd, the board rejected the proposed law. The dominant thinking was that a leash law would punish those people who have their dogs under voice control. To ensure enforcement, the town is considering hiring what used to be called a dogcatcher.

This majority vote, says the Winter Park Manifest, did not set well with one of the trustees, Vesta Shapiro. “How many years will it be before I can walk around this town safely,” she said, and then swiveled her chair around, her back to fellow trustees.


Jackson Hole an oven

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – With only a few days remaining, July was on pace to be the hottest month in Jackson Hole in the last 25 years.

It’s not that the individual days set records. The high this year was 97, says the Jackson Hole News & Guide, and it’s been at least 98 before and possibly 100.

But 21 of the first 24 days of July surpassed 90 degrees in Jackson, the valley’s only city. That easily surpasses the previous record of 90-plus days. That record, set only four years ago, was for 14 days.

This story of oven-hot temperatures fits in with the pattern, of course. In the last 12 years, 11 of the Earth’s hottest mean temperatures have been record.


The meaning of ‘lodge’

AVON, Colo. – The word “lodge” gets used with some frequency in ski communities, as in “ski lodge.” In such use, it has assumed a generic meaning as a building near ski slopes for use by the general public.

Thus, for lack of a better word, any mountain-side beanery that slings cheeseburgers and fries becomes a “lodge,” a word that in its original connotation implied a place for sleeping.

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