Can you believe this cat? |

Can you believe this cat?

Allen Best/Special to the Daily

DURANGO — It’s another one of those can-you-believe-this stories about a domestic cat.

A guy from a community north of Durango set out in June to build a house in Washington state. He took his cat of two years, Jell-O, with him, but the cat was frantic to avoid the drive. So at Monticello, Utah, two mountain ranges and 95 rugged miles from Durango, the guy leaves the cat to fend for itself.

The guy builds the house in Washington, goes to Los Angeles, then returns home to Durango in January and finds a note on his door from a neighbor. His cat, they say, is back.

He finds that hard to believe, and when a cat does show up it’s so mangy he isn’t quite sure. But after a while, Greg White finally recognized it as his own. “All he wants to do is sit on my lap and be petted,” he told the Durango Herald.

“They’re guided somehow by means we don’t understand,” said Karleen Stange, a veterinarian. “How many people could do that without a map? And yet we call them dumb animals.”

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40-below invokes the good old days

BANFF, Alberta – The good old – and cold – days returned to the Bow River Valley. At Banff, the temperature on Jan. 4 plunged to minus 41 degrees.

While Banff’s reading cracked a 25-year-old record, a trio of 40-below nights at Lake Louise were no more than a reminder of the old days. “I don’t think we set any records,” said Gord Irwin, Parks Canada’s public safety manager. “When I used to live here there were lots of nights in the mid -40s. But we haven’t seen consecutive nights like that in 10 years easily.”

Record-setting or not, the cold was intense enough to discourage skiing, reported the Rocky Mountain Outlook. At Sunshine one day, where crowds of 6,000 per day had been recorded at Christmas, only 200 skiers were recorded.

Nearby Norquay shut down its high-speed detachable quad lifts because of the cold. “When it does get that cold, the detachables get quite finicky. They can fail quite easily, and you don’t want people hanging in the air at minus 30 degrees for 20 minutes at a time,” said marketing director Rob Cote.

Pony-attacking dogs shot and killed

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – A man shot and killed two dogs after seeing them corner and attack a Shetland pony near Steamboat Spring.

Trevor Guide tried to call the dogs away from the pony, but when they would not leave he shot and killed them. Both dogs, reports The Steamboat Pilot, were thought to be huskies.

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