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The active ingredient in pepper spray is capsaicin, a chemical derived from chilies and other plants in the Capsicum genus.
A thin line between peaceful and boring
BASALT, Colo. - Leaf-blowers seem to be the cause of the loudest complaints provoking Basalt's adoption of a noise ordinance.
The law limits most noisy activities, such as lawnmowers and power tools, to between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., reports The Aspen Times . It allows some exceptions, such as for music on patio bars on Friday and Saturday nights.
But council members, while wanting greater tranquility, also have been warned by one of their own, Pete McBride, that they are in danger of being a "fuddy-duddy" town.
Gas bucks needed to keep ranches
GUNNISON, Colo. - Much has been made about the potential damages of drilling for natural gas. But a recent hearing in Gunnison County featured ranchers, who warned against adopting regulations that were too stringent.
The ranchers said that the income of natural gas drilling on their property provided them a badly needed financial cushion, reports the Crested Butte News . The ranchers were from the same county, but over Kebler Pass, in the Paonia area.
"We want to have a future as a family and keep these ranches in open space where wildlife is plentiful," said one speaker, Gary Volk, the patriarch of a ranch that has been in his family for 100 years.
"Now we have an income source that can help us maintain that into the next generation, and I encourage you to be careful about over-regulating this industry."
Plenty of broken pipes, but not one soiled book
FRASER, Colo. - You'd think that a public building in Fraser, which used to call itself the icebox of the nation, would be the last place for the water pipes to break because of cold weather.
But that's exactly what happened in the recent cold snap, when temperatures got to less than 40 below zero on two successive nights. The local library got thoroughly drenched and will be closed for a month while carpet is removed and other repairs are made.
Not one book was damaged, however, as the pipes burst during working hours, resulting in rapid response.