Melting snow reveals right-handed gloves |

Melting snow reveals right-handed gloves

Allen BestVail, CO Colorado

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. Somebody in Winter Park long ago described spring as the afterbirth of winter. That metaphor is now fully in your face in many ski towns as melting snowbanks reveal the excesses and excrement of winter.In Crested Butte, that excrement has provoked an annual event called Poofest. It was scheduled for what the Crested Butte News called SaTURDay. Organizers of the event suggested that it was a civic doodie to seek out the dog-doos lying in alleys, streets, and parks everywhere dogs have roamed through the winter.In Jackson Hole, Noah Brenner of the Jackson Hole News& Guide reported in April that discovery of a razor peeking out of a snowbank while walking one day prompted him to behave like his dog on walks through Jackson, his nose and eyes to the ground. Among his finds: lots of gloves, and all of them for right hands.

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. It was, reports The Sheet, the day that the Internet stood still in Mammoth. A construction crew cut a fiber-optic cable somewhere outside of town, but nobody knew that because, of course, we now communicate and get our information from the Internet.For around six hours, no one could order anything on, students could not access Wikipedia or MySpace, and local government officials couldnt replay the latest Obama Girl video on YouTube, says the reporter, William Wiggins.Phones had limited use, lines at the bank were slow, and ATM and credit cards were practically worthless.Many in our cashless society had to resort to using paper and coin money. Weird, huh?

DURANGO Thinning of the ponderosa pine forest has begun in an area near Durango called Log Chutes. The area is frequented by mountain bikers, who have turn hundred-year-old logging roads into singletrack trails.But the U.S. Forest Service, which administers the area, says the forest is unnaturally thick, and to make it less susceptible to major fires, has begun to thin it. Still vivid in local minds is the 71,000-acre Missionary Ridge Fire of 2002. That fire in the same area burned 57 homes.Trails 2000, a local mountain bike trails advocacy group, tells the Durango Telegraph that the logging will interfere with mountain biking for years to come, but concedes it is necessary to mitigate risk of fire to nearby homes.

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