Missing item

 

WYOMING

Drivers along a section of Highway 22 near Jackson, Wyo., wondered why drug-sniffing dogs and squads of patrol officers, two or three abreast, were walking the road a few weeks ago. Then the story emerged: They were on the trail of a box of drugs. A dog handler from the sheriff's department had placed a box containing 28 grams of methamphetamine on his car bumper after conducting a successful drug-detecting exercise with a dog. Then, after spending some time praising the dog for doing a fine job, the officer just drove off -- forgetting about the box. It was, as the Teton County sheriff diplomatically put it, "a mistake that should not have happened." But happen it did, and all the drug-sniffing dogs and staff of the sheriff's department could not find the box again. Whoever did pick it up is urged to contact the sheriff's office. It should be easy to identify: It is clearly labeled "METH" in big white lettering on black.

IDAHO

Kids who show pigs, steers or lambs at county fairs learn how to groom their animals to sparkling perfection, so why shouldn't chickens receive a similar sprucing up? Borah High School drama and English teacher Jerry Hensley tried to make chickenmanship easy and fun at the Western Idaho Fair in Boise, passing on helpful tips for chicken bathing. All you need is one person, three tubs of water, and about 10 minutes, reports the IdahoStatesman.com. First, Hensley said, bathe the chicken with liquid soap, since a shiny chicken makes all the difference between first and second place. Then add a few drops of bluing to bring out the white in the feathers. (Don't use too much, however, because "the bird turns blue.") Finally, add vinegar as an antibacterial and a little liquid glycerine to soften the feathers. "If the water is warm, (the chickens) love it," Hensley promised. "They just really relax."

NEW MEXICO

Peevish is one of the milder words you might use to describe the tone of "gossip queen" Cindy Adams' New York Post column about Santa Fe after she visited the city for a week or so. Although Adams appreciated the general trend toward over-the-top outdoor fitness, she found much to mock, including the high-priced art and crafts she dubbed "handiwork," a social scene so lacking in stimulation that denting a car gives everyone "something to talk about," and in the unkindest cut of all, she found the women "chunky." Humph.

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