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Cowboys come and gone in home furnishings

CANMORE, Alberta — The cowboy era has ended. So says a homeowner who hopes to sell a castle in Canmore.

The 11,000-square-foot home was built by Blair and Kristin Richardson. An executive with Morgan Stanley, he and his partners bought and developed a real estate project in Canmore called Three Sisters in 1999 and sold it in 2008. Now, with the kids grown, and everybody living in Denver, they want to sell the mansion. They're asking $11.9 million (Canadian) or $11.6 million U.S., or about as much as they spent on the land, construction, and furnishings.

For The Wall Street Journal, Kristin Richardson describes the house as a modern, European-style castle. Almost everything, "all the light fixtures, chandeliers and drapes," were sourced in the U.S. partly because "we didn't want it to be all the cowboy stuff. That was so 1990s."

Photograph further confirms wolverine

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Further evidence has arrived of a wolverine in the Sierra Nevada, east of Truckee. Although it was nearing dark, and photography tricky, a hiker was able to photograph the animal on the shores of Beyers Lake, reports the Sacramento Bee.

A wolverine was last confirmed in California in 1922. But in 2008, a wolverine was discovered in the area north of Truckee. DNA of hair samples show that it closely matches that of wolverines in the Sawtooth Range of Idaho.

Angle, Old Maid among casualties

SALIDA, Colo. — Each year, as warmer temperatures arrive on the slopes of Mt. Shavano, a 4,337 metre peak in central Colorado, the snow recedes in the central gully on the mountain's eastern face to reveal a few snowbanks that the religious-minded long ago interpreted as a kneeling figure. Most years, the angle of Shavano can be discerned until mid to late summer.

Not this year. The casualty of premature summer heat and too little winter, the snow from the couloir had almost already disappeared by last weekend. So has the rest of the snow in the high country of Colorado.

Readings taken June 1 by the National Resources Conservation Service show the snowpack was almost completely melted. In the Arkansas River Basin, where Shavano is located, the snowpack was just four per cent of last year.

Other river basins in Colorado were similarly in the single digits in terms of snowpack compared to last year.

In Steamboat Springs, the Yampa River was running at 202 cubic feet per second on Sunday afternoon. That compares to an average 2,200 cfs for that date, reports Steamboat Today.

"I've lived here for 78 years, and I can't remember a summer [starting] as dry as this one," said local rancher Dean Look.