Colo. couple giving up catwalk fight
A couple agreed Thursday to take down a 13-foot escape route for their cats outside their Colorado apartment, the Durango Herald reported. Martha Spence and her husband built the catwalk from a window to a nearby tree to allow their two cats to go outside from their second-floor unit whenever they wanted. But the fur flew when the development's homeowners association saw it and noted that rules bar pets roaming freely. Neighbors not only objected to the look of the catwalk but worried children would try to use it. Because what are chances they can have a tree house there?
Smokejumpers land in the weed
A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of southern Oregon landed in an illegal marijuana garden. The six firefighters from a base in Redmond found the site Monday after a rash of lightning strikes. Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson says authorities hiked into the remote site in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. They seized two guns and more than 1,000 little pot plants. And the smokejumpers extinguished the fire after it burned less than an acre.
What's that smell?
Scratch-and-sniff cards cause scare
Those cards the energy company sends to customers to teach them to recognize the artificial smell added to natural gas? Turns out they work pretty well, the Great Falls Tribune reported. Energy West workers recently discarded several boxes of expired cards in Great Falls, Mont. But when the garbage truck picked them up and compressed the load, "it was the same as if they had scratched them," according to Energy West general manager Nick Bohr. The odor prompted numerous false alarms and building evacuations as the truck traveled through downtown Great Falls on Wednesday, leaving the smell in its trail.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.