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This year’s winner for scary bear story

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Compiled by Allen Best

ASPEN, Colo. — For most people in Aspen this summer, the bears have been an inconvenience. For Tom Isaac, it’s been a terrifying experience.

A bear or bears have invaded all parts of his house, igniting a burner on his stove but also leaving "business" on a bed, reports The Aspen Times. But these incidents pale in comparison to what happened on the night of Sept. 20.

Isaac was awakened by the sound of cabinets in his kitchen being opened, and drawers and shelves in the refrigerator getting banged around. Then he heard the sound of heavy steps shuffling down the hall toward his bedroom. Isaac, who broke his neck in the early 1980s, leaving him extremely limited use of his hands and no use of his legs and unable to get in and out of bed on his own, was unable to move. But he sensed the bear six feet away on the other side of his closed bedroom door.

All Isaac could do was pray the bear didn't burst through his bedroom door. He eventually could no longer hear the bear and managed to drift asleep.

Later, state wildlife officers discovered a 500-pound bear called Fat Albert had been in the area, including his house. Oddly, the bear didn't leave a scratch on the cabinet or break the refrigerator.

Jackson Hole a major spigot

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — As it becomes ever wealthier, Jackson Hole is becoming a major spigot of money for political candidates.

Through July, Teton County residents had given $1.3 million to federal candidates and causes, reports Jonathan Schechter, a columnist for the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Fifty per cent went to Republican causes, 40 per cent to Democrats and 10 per cent to independents and ostensibly independent causes.

By federal law, the names are a matter of public record. Several individuals have given between $50,000 and $100,000 this year. Of course many people get cranky when Schechter prints their names in his column. In response, some potential donors at local fundraisers have used their residences in other states (most major donors have multiple residences) when making their contributions.

Revelstoke wants tourist train

REVELSTOKE, B.C. — A tourist train is still interested in stopping at Revelstoke, but apparently the town needs to sell itself.

The Revelstoke Times Review says that the operator of the Rocky Mountaineeer will be testing out a Golden-Cranbrook-Nelson run for tourists this October on one of the Canadian Pacific rail lines.

The question is, once passengers arrive in Nelson, do they just get a shuttle ride to Kelowna and fly back to Calgary where they began their trip, or do they ride the train up the Columbia River valley to Revelstoke as part of a possible loop tour of the region? And, more specifically, why would they want to spend several days in Revelstoke during the summer.

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