Can bears unscrew cans? |

Can bears unscrew cans?

Allen Best

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A volunteer group called the Bear League is promoting the use of cans they claim are bear proof. They have screw-on lids and cost only $70. Locals in the group say bear-proof cans normally cost $800 to $1,200, although other towns with longer history of problems with bears report much less cost for such cans. A representative of a trash company reserved judgment. The Tahoe Daily Tribune notes that residents were alarmed after three bears were killed after vandalizing a vacation cabin. Sept. 11 moves courthouse STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Airports in ski valleys of the West were almost immediately affected by the Sept. 11 attacks. For example, 35 federal agents were hired to ensure no utility knives got on board planes departing Eagle County Regional Airport, a major portal to Vail and Aspen. Meanwhile, other airports have expanded terminals to accommodate the increased security needs.But the most bizarre ripple yet has now hit Steamboat Springs. There, the same considerations considered necessary to make federal buildings more secure form terrorists are being employed at new county court facilities.County officials had been ordered by the district court to improve the aging courtroom facilities at the courthouse, which is located downtown. However, voters in 2002 rejected the proposal. Seeking a path of lesser resistance, county officials relocated the project to cheaper land on the edge of town. City partisans objected, afraid that losing court facilities will erode the vitality of the old downtown shopping district. Already, Steamboat is struggling to cope with economic changes found in most towns, with shoppers fleeing to the resort-style suburbs or even megastores in other towns.The key decision maker ended up being the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which must grant permits for incursions into wetlands. It did so, and the story dug out by The Steamboat Pilot is a fascinating one. The existing location downtown had too little room for the sort of security requirements required of federal buildings. It is not a federal building, of course, but the Corps of Engineers decided it could not require the county government to do something that the federal agency itself could not do.Vail, Colorado

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