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Friday Report: Don’t take your opossums to town, son

On a slow news day, reporters filling space will dig out a file of unusual stories called, "Man Bites Dog." They call it this because they are stories that give an unusual twist on an everyday occurrence. Dog Bites Man? Well, that happens every day, but Man Bites Dog? Not so very often. Sometime back, I read in the Denver Post that a guy in New Jersey was arrested and sentenced to 30 days in the Atlantic County Detention Center for beating up another guy in a bar argument. Ho-hum, you say, that's Dog Bites Man. The twist that turns this particular incident into a Man Bites Dog story is that the victim was severely battered when the attacker wailed on him with an opossum. This started me thinking. How could anybody use an innocent opossum to assault another guy? I don't condone violence, but I know that disputes get settled all the time with lawyers, knives, guns and money. Still, I'm at a loss to understand why someone would choose a small, furry marsupial to beat his fellow man senseless? How did this come to pass? Did the perpetrator just happen to be walking around with a chip on his shoulder and his opossum slung low on the hips? To paraphrase Mae West, "Are you happy to see me or is that an opossum in your pants? What's this world coming to? Is this going to open the door for a new wave of drive-by opossumings? Will our neighborhoods become even more dangerous if this new weaponry catches on with hoodlums and street thugs? Will the NRA embrace this new biological weapon, or will they hate it because it doesn't go "boom"? An ominous fact is that opossums will not set off metal detectors in courtrooms or airports. This fact alone could set the stage for international terrorism at an unprecedented level. "You head this plane to Tupelo or I'll whack all the first-class passengers around with my opossum!" What is the difference between an opossum and a possum? Sometimes when you put an "o" in front of a word it reverses its meaning, like proponent and opponent. I checked this out in Google to see if an opossum is actually an anti-possum and the two would explode in a blinding flash if they ever ran into each other in a Star Trek episode, but no. It turns out they're entirely different animals that just happen to look alike, but for the fact that the Australian possum has a furry tail and the American opossum has a bare tail. The mix-up was caused by the guy collecting animals for Captain Cook back in the 1770s as he sailed around the Pacific. Since the assault took place in New Jersey with its perfectly safe borders, it's safe to assume that the weaponized rodent was an opossum and not a foreign jihadist of a possum. I did read that both of them are good animals in a fight, what with a frightening mouthful of big, sharp rodent-teeth. In fact, the newspaper stated that the opossum also gave the victim a savage bite on the head, adding insult to injury, or actually, vice-versa. Opossums have fairly long tails that would add a lot of leverage to their threat. Imagine sitting at a bar, swilling your first strong liquor when a dusty cowpoke at your side begins to laugh you down. You try to warn him off by twirling your opossums like nunchucks but you realize, too late, he's quicker on the twirl with meaner opossums. Mom says, just leave your opossums at home, son.

Jon de Vos – Playing possum

Recently a Pennsylvania Highway Patrolman arrested an abundantly intoxicated fellow who startled several motorists as he knelt by the highway, giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a road-killed opossum that was several days dead and soundly scrunched by a substantial amount of traffic. He explained to the officer that he thought the flattened animal might just be “playing possum”. This incident raises an important question: What’s the difference between a possum and an opossum? Putting the letter ‘O’ in front of a word generally reverses its meaning, like proponent and opponent, position and opposition. Could the Opossum actually be the Anti-Possum? Suppose a possum meets an opossum, coming through the rye, do they explode like matter meeting anti-matter on Deep Space Nine? Of course not. It turns out possums and opossums are pretty much the same animals, if you allow the fact that they’ve been separated by a hemisphere and 60 million years. The distinction between the two words is much akin to splitting hairs, but it’s generally agreed that “opossum” was the closest the Pilgrims could come to mastering the Algonquian word for this housecat-sized marsupial that is found commonly throughout the Americas. Australian Possums, strictly speaking, as opposed to the American Opossum, refer to the 70 or so Australian tree-climbing marsupials. Far from being a nuisance, the possum is protected by law in Australia where they may not be killed nor collected, even if they’re living in your roof. To trap and release one requires a difficult-to-get permit and they must be released no more than 165 feet from the spot where they’re trapped. After you release them, you can race the possum back home. Possums are venerated by Australian Aborigines. Coats made from possum skins are handled like family heirlooms and passed on to subsequent generations, cherished as ancestral treasures. Not so in New Zealand, just a thousand miles to the southeast where the possum was imported in 1837 from Australia in an attempt to start a fur industry. Without predators, and deft at ferreting out eggs, possum populations exploded on the smaller island. Today, the possum, along with another imported pest, the ermine, threaten the very survival of most of New Zealand’s exotic birds, including the iconic kiwi. Like their not-too-distant cousins, the kangaroo, the wallaby, and the possum, the American Opossum gives birth to large numbers of babies, dime-sized and blind, that must make their way into the mother’s pouch where only 13 of them may reside for the next four months. Originally, opossums were native to the eastern coast but they spread west as a food source during the great depression when recipes for “possum stew” were common in hobo camps. When confronted by any threat, a frightened opossum faints. That’s it. That’s their defense. Silence. They fall over unconscious, lips pulled back, teeth bared, frothing at the mouth while secreting a horrible foul smell from their nether regions, a defense tactic they looted from the U.S. Congress. Opossums can be flipped over and carried around in this stinking but comatose state, only to rouse after several moments, look around and decide, well, since they’re still alive, they might as well get back to business. Oddly, they are unique in that they are largely impervious to rattlesnake and other pit viper venom. So what’s an opossum that a possum isn’t? Turns out not much at all, but over here, we call them opossums.

Hagadorn: Colorado: The Centennial Snake?

I remember the first time I stepped over a snake. Mid-stride, the round rock below me moved. It wasn't a rock, but a coiled-up rattler. Yikes! Colorado is full of snakes, as well as snake myths. Snakes have lived here since the Jurassic, and today about thirty snake species call Colorado home. They base-camp from serpentine lairs of the southeastern plains and occur all the way up to 11,000' high Rocky Mountain valleys. Our snakes are diverse, too. They include constrictors like the kingsnakes, pit vipers like rattlesnakes, water-loving snakes like gartersnakes, and underground ones like threadsnakes. Snakes are a key part of our landscape because they're food for many other creatures like foxes, eagles, and raccoons. They're also predators on smaller animals, from insects to lizards and even fish, worms, or other snakes. Some snake prey can be pests, like plague-bearing prairie dogs, hantavirus-bearing mice, crop-eating grasshoppers, and rodents that carry disease-bearing ticks. Human activities aren't generally helpful for snake survival. Development diminishes their abundance, because these cold-blooded animals like to warm up in these sunny, open spaces like roads and trails, where they are prone to be run over. Cats and to a lesser extent, dogs, are common snake killers. But some places like Chatfield Reservoir or gently-sloped irrigation ditches, can provide regular habitat for snakes like the Northern Watersnake. Snakes also have economic value. For example, some snake venoms, after modification, have anticancerous or therapeutic qualities akin to those of a Gila Monster's venom. The latter's a new Type II diabetes aid – because it suppresses appetite and regulates blood sugar. Plus there's the pet trade, where snakes and other venomous reptiles are part of a billion dollar U.S. 'herpetoculture' economy. This time of year, snake sightings often increase as snakes return to their overwintering dens, or "hibernacula". Sometimes they migrate en masse. Because its warmer during the day, that's when they primarily travel – thus increasing our propensity to spot them more frequently in the early Fall. Ditto for the Spring when they emerge. Colorado's snakes are generally quite shy, especially toward larger animals like humans. Witness their great defensive or avoidance strategies. They camouflage, they play possum when threatened, and some even shake their tails, as if feigning that they're rattlers. They have complex sensory systems that can include infrared (heat-reading) vision, vibration-sensitive "hearing", and incredible chemical scent detection that they use to "smell" – that's why they often flick their tongues out. Like bears, snakes snuggle together in winter dens, and males exhibit mating displays and fights akin to bighorn sheep. They feed in interesting ways – killing their prey by constricting them, wolfing them down whole, or poisoning them. Fortunately, the three dangerous types of venomous snakes here are easily recognized. All of them have stubby or rattle-bearing tails, as opposed to the pencil-tip tails of their non-poisonous brethren. And those pet boa constrictors that get dumped by owners? They can't survive winters here, even on the plains. So Colorado snakes aren't much of a risk to humans, pets or livestock. The experts' advice: If you encounter a snake, leave it alone. If it's a rattler, move away slowly. None of our snakes are aggressive unless they're threatened. Most attempts to play with, rescue, or kill the snake end up with a hand being bitten. Or worse, being covered in the stinky musk a gartersnake releases when it's trying to slither out of your grip. What if you do get bitten? Don't use a snake bite kit – they have been shown to be ineffective. Don't try to kill or catch the snake – most folks that do this just get bitten again, and having the snake won't help your doc heal you. What should you do? Get to the nearest hospital and ask for antivenom. Today's antivenom, brewed from the antibodies of sheep, is quite effective compared to the stuff of old. The shorter the time between the bite and the antivenom, the better. And that urban legend about baby snakes being deadlier? Not true. Whereas their venom might be twice as potent as an adult's, they inject a twentieth to a hundredth as much when they bite. And, they do control their venom release – they can release a small amount or even none at all, producing a dry bite. Colorado snakes reduce pests (if only they ate mosquitos!), they're a key part of our ecosystem, and are harmless unless provoked. No need to scream or run away next time you see one. It's probably thinking "Don't tread on me". James Hagadorn, Ph.D., is a scientist at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Suggestions & comments welcome at

Grand Lake Bowling League Results

Las Vegas LeagueJan. 27For the women, Kathy Burke bowled the high scratch game (231) and high scratch series (576). Suzi Maki scored the high handicap game (279), and Brenda Freeman and Melissa Humble tied for the high handicap series at 667.For the men, David Freeman took both high scratch game (226) and high scratch series (598) honors. Kenneth Clark bowled the high handicap game (276), while Garey Sutherby turned in the high handicap series at 712.The latest standings were:TeamWLDiamonds in the Ruff43 25The Rollers4226Bear It All3731It Happens Shhh36.531.5Just Sizzlin3038Up Your Alley2939Grand Lake Lanes27.5 40.5Ace Pluming2642Louies Ladies LeagueFeb. 2Monday Night Louies Ladies Leagues Just Us stayed on top of the team rankings, while Autumn Fisher dominated the lanes with high scratch game (217), high handicap game (257) and high handicap series (668). Rhonda Busse took high scratch series honors with a 551.The post-Feb. 2 standings were:TeamWLJust Us5628Fallen Angels4638Frickin Five Pin4436Lane Hoppers41.542.5Spare Me4143The D Team4044The Gumballs36.547.5Plumb Bobs3153Feb. 9Krys Boy dominated Louies Ladies League knocking over the most pins in every category with high game scratch of 211, high game handicap of 248, high series scratch of 541 and high series handicap, 652 .The post-Feb. 9 standings were:TeamWLJust Us5929Fallen Angels5038Lane Hoppers45.542.5Spare Me4543Frickin Five Pin4439The D Team4048The Gumballs36.551.5Plumb Bobs3256Wednesday Mens leagueBobby Blea had the hot hand, bowling the high handicap game (280) and the high handicap series (732). Arnie Johnson bowled the high scratch game (237), and John McDowell turned in the high scratch series at 650.The latest standings were:TeamWLAlpine Taxidermy35.520.5Heckerts Cleaners31 wins25Power World30.525.5Grumpys Old Men2927BAll Nite Long2828Team Five2333Drink Pillage & Plunder2214 lossesGapers028Thursday Morning Lady BugsFeb. 5Terry Pratt bowled the high scratch (195) and handicap (229) games and high series scratch (500). Yvonne Prather kept her high series handicap title with a score of 622.The post-Feb. 5 standings were:Team WLTeam Rufra137Batman & Robin119Spare Mades1010Jill & Janet812Terry P. & Cindy812Debbie & Yvonne713Feb. 12Terry Pratt had the hot hand again bowling high game scratch (176), high series scratch (513), and high series handicap (615). High game handicap honors went to Sharon Iacovetto with a score of 223.The post-Feb. 12 standings were:TeamWLTeam Rufra1410Batman & Robin1410Terry P & Cindy1212Jill & Janet1113Spare Mades1113Debbie & Yvonne717

Grand County: Four mountain golf course offer fun, challenge

In addition to its excellent wintertime skiing and great mountain biking in the summer, Grand County has become a Mecca for golfers with some of the best mountain courses to be found in the Rockies.Grand County has a total of four courses for golfers to enjoy. The oldest is the Grand Lake Golf Course, which opened in 1968, followed in 1985 by the Pole Creek Golf Course located outside of Tabernash in the Fraser Valley.The countys opportunities for golf were further enhanced in recent years by the opening of two courses in the Granby area. In 2001, the Headwaters Golf Course at Granby Ranch opened its fairways to golfers, followed in 2002 by the Grand Elk Golf Course.Grand LakeCourse name: Grand Lake Golf CourseWebsite: http://www.grandlakegolf.coAddress: 1415 County Road 48, Grand LakePhone number: (970) 627-8872 or (970) 627-8008Type: Public, 18 hole regulationGreen fees: 18 holes, $64; 9 holes, $49Tee times: Call 970-627-8008 for reservations. Weekdays: call seven days in advance.Weekends & Holidays: Can call at 7:00 a.m.Dress code: Shirt and shoes required.Designer: Dick PhelpsTee boxes: Women Red 5,678; Front 9, 35.1/128; Back 9, 35.9/131; 18-hole, 71.0/129Women White 6,310 yards; Front 9, 36.9/135; Back 9, 37.4/141; 18-hole, 74.3/139Men White 6,316 yards; Front 9, 34.6/118; Back 9, 34.9/115; 18-hole, 69.5/117Men Blue 6,542 yards; Front 9, 35.1/121; Back 9, 35.4/117; 18-hole, 70.5/119Practice: A driving range and putting green are available.Amenities: restaurant/lounge, pro shop, beverage cart.Misc. info: Known as the Crown Jewel of Mountain Courses, the Grand Lake Golf Course is an 18-hole championship golf course, carved out of the woods at an elevation of 8,420 feet bordering Rocky Mountain National Park. Its narrowly rolling fairways surround well-tended, subtle greens. The majestic Rocky Mountains, some still capped by the winter snows, tower high above golfers offering exclusive and unique panoramic views. Directions: From Denver or Steamboat, take US Hwy 34 East at the intersection of US Hwy 40 and Highway 34 and go 16 miles to County Road 48 and turn left at the sign marked Golf Course Road. From Estes Park, take the road over Trail Ridge Pass, after leaving the park exit gate, go to County Road 48 and at the Golf Course sign, turn right at the sign marked Golf Course Road.Pole CreekCourse name: Pole Creek Golf Club – Meadow/RanchWebsite: http://www.polecreekgolf.comAddress: 5827 County Road 51, Tabernash, CO 80478Phone number: 800-511-5076Type: Public, 27-hole regulationGreen fees: $69-$99Tee times: Call 970-887-9195 for reservations. Registration can be done 30 days online. Call for reservation if further out than 30 days.Dress code: Collared shirt, spikeless shoes, no cut-offs.Designer: Denis GriffithsTee boxes: Women Red 4,928 yards; Front 9, 34.4/124; Back 9, 34.6/130; 18-hole, 69.0/127Women Gold 5,497 yards; Front 9, 35.4/138; Back 9, 36.1/138; 18-hole, 71.5/138Women White 6,398 yards; Front 9, 38.0/151; Back 9, 38.6/155; 18-hole, 76.6/153Men Gold 5,571 yards; Front 9, 33.0/117; Back 9, 33.5/128; 18-hole, 66.5/122Men White 6,413 yards; Front 9, 34.9/137; Back 9, 36.1/131; 18-hole, 71.0/135Men Blue 7,107 yards; Front 9, 36.6/142; Back 9, 37.1/148; 18-hole, 73.7/145Practice: Grass driving range, putting green and separate chipping green with sand bunker.Amenities: Pro shop are available. On-site catering with clubhouse, restaurant and beverage cart service.Misc. info: Golfers can treat themselves to 27 holes of classic mountain golf on Pole Creeks three distinct courses: The Ranch, The Meadow and The Ridge. Pole Creeks design incorporates existing lodgepole pine, valley meadows, sagebrush and a variety of water hazards including five lakes to create a diverse course appealing to a wide range of golfers. The Ranch 9 and The Meadow 9 wander through lush fields, while The Ridge 9 showcases what golf pro JT Thompson calls the most spectacular view in Colorado.Directions: Take I-70 to Exit 232 (Hwy 40), and go north through Winter Park. At the 220 mile-marker, turn left and follow signs to the course.HeadwatersCourse name: Headwaters Golf Course at Granby RanchWebsite: http://www.granbyranch.comAddress: 2579 County Road 894, Granby, CO 80446Phone number: (970) 887-2709Type: Public, 18-hole regulationGreen fees: $60-$80Tee Times: Available online or call the pro shop.Dress code: Traditional golf attire.Designer: Mike AsmundsonTee boxes: Women Rose 5,310 yards; Front 9, 34.3/118; Back 9, 33.8/123; 18-hole, 68.1/121Women Green 6,024 yards; Front 9, 36.3/123; Back 9, 35.9/131; 18-hole, 72.2/127Men Green 6,024 yards; Front 9, 33.9/115; Back 9, 33.3/111; 18-hole, 67.2/113Men White 6,602 yards; Front 9, 35.1/122; Back 9, 34.9/120; 18-hole, 70.0/121Men Gold 7,210 yards; Front 9, 36.5/131; Back 9, 36.4/122; 18-hole, 72.9/127Practice: Grass driving range and putting green.Amenities: Driving range (double-ended), 3 practice greens, John Jacobs Golf School, snack bar & grill, indoor/outdoor seating, GPSMisc. info: The Headwaters Golf Course is set amid the beauty of the Fraser River Valley just outside the town of Granby. Headwaters provides a beautiful and challenging round of golf for players of all abilities. Elevated tees offer splendid views of mountains, wetlands and lush alpine meadows. Its groomed fairways wind around strategically placed bunkers, lakes and ponds.Directions: Take I-70 to U.S. Hwy 40. Go west about 42 miles to the Headwaters Golf Course/Sol Vista Ski Area entrance. Follow signs east 1.5 miles to course. Grand ElkCourse name: Grand Elk Ranch & ClubWebsite: 1300 Ten Mile Drive, Granby, CO 80446Phone number: 887-389-9333Type: Semi-private, 18-hole regulationTee Times: Call 970-887-9122 for reservations. Seven days in advance. Members only until 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.Dress Code: Collared shirt, no jeans.Designer: Craig Stadler and Tripp Davis Tee boxes: Women Gold 5,092 yards; Front 9, 34.5/120; Back 9, 35.0/128; 18-hole, 69.5/124Women Green 5,611 yards; Front 9, 35.5/126; Back 9, 36.1/134; 18-hole, 71.6/130Women White 6,233 yards; Front 9, 37.5/132; Back 9, 37.4/145; 18-hole, 74.9/139Men Green 5,611 yards; Front 9, 32.9/116; Back 9, 33.9/114; 18-hole, 66.8/115Men White 6,233 yards; Front 9, 34.6/126; Back 9, 34.7/116; 18-hole, 69.3/120Men Blue 6,608 yards; Front 9, 35.4/126; Back 9, 35.8/128; 18-hole, 71.2/127Men Black 6,997 yards; Front 9, 36.1/127; Back 9, 36.4/132; 18-hole, 72.5/130Practice: Grass driving range and putting green.Amenities: Clubhouse and restaurant, on-site catering and GPS included with cart fee.Misc. info: The Grand Elk Golf Course is a par 71 masterwork playing 7,144 yards from the back tees. Echoing the attributes of traditional Heathland courses in the British Isles, the course features gently rolling fairways and strategically placed hazards. The variations in tee boxes will provide a test for the low handicapper or a fun round for the recreational golfer.Directions: Take I-70 west to Hwy 40. Take Hwy 40 north to Granby. The course is southwest of Granby off of Hwy 40. Turn left on Thompson Drive (at City Market), then right on Ten Mile Drive and follow to clubhouse.

Glenwood Canyon daytime closure Tuesday

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will move forward with a full closure of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon tomorrow, Tuesday, March 8. Daytime closure will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m from exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) to exit 133 (Dotsero). Weather permitting, crews are planning to utilize a helicopter to put rockfall netting in place on the slope where the original slide occurred. The construction team will also take the opportunity to continue road repairs on both the westbound and eastbound decks. Safety closures of the Hanging Lake, Grizzly Creek and Shoshone rest areas remain in effect while traffic is in the head-to-head configuration. Bair Ranch (on the east side) and No Name (west side) rest areas will remain open. The Glenwood Canyon Bike Path remains closed as well. (Please note, local traffic coming from the west can travel as far as No Name; local traffic from the east can travel as far as Bair Ranch during this daytime closure.) ALTERNATE ROUTES/TRAFFIC IMPACTS: Front Range motorists/Summit County/westbound motorists CO 9 (Silverthorne) to US 40 (Steamboat Springs) west on US 40 (Craig) south to CO 13 (Rifle) Eagle County/westbound motorists CO 131 at Wolcott to Steamboat Springs, west on US 40 to Craig, then south on CO 13 to Rifle and back to I-70. This is a 203-mile alternate route that will take about three hours and 50 minutes to travel. This detour adds 146 miles and about three hours to a regular trip from Wolcott to Rifle on I-70, which is 67 miles or about 45 minutes. South alternate route Uses US 50. Access to US 50 is available via Grand Junction for eastbound drivers and for westbound drivers by way of US 24/285 through the Salida area from the Front Range. (Please note, there is construction on US 24 over Trout Creek Pass east of Johnson Village in Chaffee County into early March; some blasting and up to 30-minute delays may be encountered.)

Grand County Real Estate Transactions

Scanloch Subdivision Lot 1, Block 2 – Gerald and Jo Ann Shumaker to Dylan and Gabrielle Taylor, $79,000 Winter Park Ranch 3rd Filing, Lot 62, Block 1 – Luanne Kay to Adam Gould and Veronica Callinan, $250,000 Winter Park Highlands Greenridge Lot 16 – Paul and Karen True Trust to Justin and Deborah Bridge, $207,000 Rio Rancho Small Tracts Sub Exempt Lot 1 – Larry and Judith Ware to Hadley and Joan Bradbury, $898,000 Columbine Lake Block 3, Lots 14,15 – Gerald and Kathryne Vanner to Benny and Susan Law, $285,000 Aspen Meadows Condominiums Unit 207, Block C – Aspen Meadows Condominiums LLC to Gordon McGlinchey and Brenda Kraft, $116,900 Winter Park Lodge II Bldg F, Unit 201 – Raymond and Judith Hall to Kenneth Richardson and Kelly Fraser, $137,500 Grand Country Estates TRT 77 – Richard Timothy Parry Living Trust to Cozens Pointe LLC, $65,000 Cozens Pointe at Grand Park Unit 201, Bldg B, Garage Unit B – Cozens Pointe LLC to Richard Parry and Abby Bleistein, $324,000 Villa Harbor Subdivision Lot 18 – Bell Crest Enterprises LLLP to William Henry Peltier III, $365,000 River Run Condominiums Unit 203, Bldg B – PennyMac Loan Services LLC to John and Barbara Rankin, $89,120 Copper Creek Lot 46 – John and Nancy Rice to Bruce Campbell, $299,999 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 27, Unit 8 – Smith Family Trust to James Reasor and Margaret Copeland, $160,600 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 111, Timeshare No 111504 – Tom and Louise Massoni to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 99, Timeshare No 099649 – Leo and Ann Lussier to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 91, Timeshare No. 091535 – Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association to Michael B Ensley Revocable Trust, $500 E.J. Vulgamotts 1st Block 5, Lots 1,2, Tabernash – Steven and Charlene Hayward to Chuck and Marie Huston, $52,000 Yacht Club Estates Lot 5 – FDIC, Firstier Bank to Gary and Linda Knippa, $1,250,000 Lakota Flg 3, Tract C, Lot 33 – SNAD II LP to M6 Capital LLC, $975,000 Longview Addn/Hot Sulphur Springs Block 15, Lots 10,11,12 – John and Taura Perdue to Roger and Michelle Gable, $213,000 Exhibit “A” Not Attached for Legal Description – Liberty Savings Bank FSB to Allen Schrieber and Suzette Kynor, $13,000 Lakeview Subdivision Unit 2, Lot 1, Bldg B – Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association to Kenneth and Paulette Nolan, $106,000 Hamilton Hills Subdivision Exempt TRT 2 – Patricia Jacques to John and Florice Lietzke, $285,471 Mountainside at SilverCreek B U 064, Timeshare No. 064128 – David and Sharon Anderson to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek B U 035, Timeshare No. 035126 – Thomas Farrel and Joann Debruin-Farrell to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Cozens Meadow at Grand Park Lot 3 – Grand Park Homes LLC to Robert and Debra Gnuse, $523,000 Pines at Meadow Ridge Court B U 6, Week 38 – Stephen and Susan Clemens to Naomi Yahn, $1,500 Slopeside Village Unit 113A, Bldg E – Stephen and Cary Paul to James Byerrum, $382,500 Fraser Crossing-Founders Pointe Condominium Unit 3611 – Smith Living Trust to Hyo and Jina Kim, $360,000

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Nov.10-Nov. 16, 2013

Nov. 10- Nov. 16 Winter Park Ranch 2nd Filing, Lot 22, Block 4 – Terrance and Patricia Stewart to Robbers Roost LLC, $89,000 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 17, Unit 4 – James Cartwright to Robert and Yolanda Christiansen, $113,500 Winter Park Highlands Unit 1, Lot 55 – Timothy Ferrell to Lynn Hanna, $155,000 Kicking Horse Lodges Unit 3 202, Lot 3 – Deutsche Bank National Trust Company TSTE, Thornburg Mortgage Securities Trust 2003-6, Mortgage Backed Notes Series 2003-6 to Shawn and Erica Dufford, $166,750 Hi Country Haus Bldg 5, Unit 7 8 – Mark and Caroline Goosman to Michael and Gretchen Mullen, $157,500 Pine Beach Subdivision Lot 5A, Block 7 – Harold and Diane Leid to Christopher Oliver, $340,000 Hillside Addition to Pine Beach Lot 1, Block 5 – Kristol Jaskul to John and Bonnie DeAgostino, $190,000 Aspen Pine Acres Subdivision Lot 19 – Edmund Couch to Rodney and Jill Archer, $609,000 Big Horn Park Filing #2, Lot 17 – Edward and Rosemary Dreher to Andrew and Caral Jeanjaquet, $99,300 Iron Horse Building D, Condo Unit 3014 – Wayne Leiser to Cristina Woodings, $103,400 Iron Horse Building C, Condo Unit 2053 – Terrance Ryan to Peter and Christina Logi, $110,000 Grand Lake Lot 16, Block 22 – LJH LLC Colorado Limited Liability Company to Donald and Linda Dickinson, $320,000 Inn at SilverCreek PH I Condo Unit 128 – Mary Jo Wiley Revocable Living Trust to Andrew and Veronica Mericle, $21,400

Kremming’s inaugural Redneck Mudshuffle a success

Engines roared and the mud flew through the air as drivers attempted to race their pickup trucks over the muddy course of the Redneck Mudshuffle & Calcutta at the fairgrounds in Kremmling on Sunday, May 25. A total of 28 teams competed in Sundays contest. Under the rules of the competition, each team had to make two runs over the course with the combined time determining the teams results. Each team was required to have two drivers, each of whom had to make one of the runs.Another requirement under the races rules was that none of the vehicles were allowed to be more than 500 horsepower. The success of each team was based on teamwork and driving skill, not horsepower.The complete results for last Sundays Redneck Mudshuffle & Calcutta are: 1. Gully/Scuzzaro, 78.23; 2. Timmerman/Fobert, 82.01; 3. Valencia, 82.57; 4. McMahon/Debroot, 82.64; 5. Shirado, 82.89; 6. Bauer, 84.98; 7. Redding/Soefker, 85.67; 8. Suppes/Ulrick, 87.68; 9. Omara/Keim, 88.35; 10. Kennedy, 88.55; 11. Phipps, 92.27; 12. Docheff/Gore, 94.2; 13. Higgins/Terryberry, 95.4; 14. Onken/VanNatta, 95.42; 15. Sheppardson/Colter, 98.72; 16. Cherry/Davis, 99.85; 17. Scott, 101.03; 17. Collins/Cherry, 103.91; 18. Johnson/Barr, 104.07; 19. Tamburelli/Scuzzaro, 104.79; 20. Johnson/Menhennett, 106.66; 21. Smith, 109.74; 22. Meyer/Rusher, 110.17; 23. Smith/Reckker, 112.15; 24. Blakesky/Deschene, 113.22; 25. Jones/Wilson, 115.6; 26. Acord/Reed, 117.58; 27. Docheff, 117.82; Higgins/Joyce, DQ.

De Vos: Why we go places

Because travel broadens. For instance, on a recent trip to Hannibal, Missouri, I ran across a perfect description of today's Congress in a short story, "Cannibalism in the Cars", written in 1868 by Mark Twain. The setting is a snowbound train where parliamentary procedure determines the next statesman to be eaten, much like today. (Here's a link to an open-source PDF of this short story: A stay at the Cliff House in Manitou Springs brought culinary enlightenment. My wife pointed out that one of the dinner entrees came "dusted with boar powder." We puzzled over boar powder until breakfast when we asked the server what it was. He gave a, "where's management?" look around the room before answering quietly, "chopped bacon." Last week in Baton Rouge, I learned how close we came to dining on hippoburgers rather than hamburgers. At the 1884 World's Fair in New Orleans, the Japanese delegation brought a magnificent display of water hyacinth which found its way into the nearby canals. Ten years later this prolific breeder was choking out the fish and clogging waterways throughout Louisiana and Florida. It became a serious problem. Chopping and dredging brought it back more vigorously while oils and pesticides killed the fish. Around the same time, the decade of 1901-10, saw a growing meat scarcity across America. Immigration, urbanization, overgrazing and foreign demand, created such an acute shortage of meat that folks were looking closer at family pets. A third wrinkle was that entrepreneurs were clamoring for some way to monetize the unproductive swamplands of the Southeast. Louisiana Representative, Robert Broussard, had a bold idea to tackle all these problems. In 1910 he introduced H.R. 23261, appropriating $250,000 for the importation the hippopotamus into the United States—the hippo bill, as it came to be called. The bill was elegant. Flood the swamps with hippos that gobbled hyacinth stems while Americans gobbled hippo ribs. Supporters estimated the Southeast could produce a million tons of hippo meat worth a billion dollars annually. But the taste? Who would eat it? An agriculture committee was assured it tasted like a cross between pork and beef. The committee chairman asked if white men liked it and was told that many of them do. The New York Times praised it as "Lake Cow bacon". This curious bill had curiously strong support all the way up to President Teddy Roosevelt. Serious businessmen were salivating over that billion dollars. In 1902, that could make one develop a taste for ring-tailed possum. Two others testifying before the committee were strange bedfellows who fought on opposite sides during the Second Boer War which the British won in 1902. It was a three-year battle fought in South Africa as Britain clung to its colonies. On the British side, was Frederick Burnham, a man who lived such an unimaginably heroic life as to have inspired the Boy Scouts and become the model for Indiana Jones, kid you not. Google him; they don't make 'em like that anymore. Fighting on the African side was Frederick Duquesne, who carried a nom de guerre of "Black Panther" a savage guerilla fighter and South African resistance leader. Duquesne hated the British and 30 years later went on to form a formidable spy ring, supplying arms and bombs to terrorist groups while providing American and British intelligence to the Nazi's. The 1910 agricultural committee showcased this odd pairing of deadly enemies who united to bring hippo hamburgers to the American dinner table. Critics of the 1910 bill pointed out that hippopotamus are dangerous, cranky beasts that would likely be taken out by poachers and trophy hunters. By 1913, the Department of Agriculture lost interest and decided the South could live with the hyacinth, increased the land available for beef production, and adjourned. So much for Lake Cow bacon.