Homebrew: Rabid skunks, burst pipes cause rotten smells to rise across Colorado

Cold shower

A busted boiler at the Pueblo County Jail left inmates shivering in the showers when the facility had no hot water for three days this week. “This is an old building and we’re trying our best to maintain it,” Sheriff Department Bureau Chief Darlene Alcala told The Pueblo Chieftain.

Muffin man

In other Pueblo plumbing news, the Dennis Maes Pueblo Judicial Building is missing a “muffin monster,” a necessary pump and grinder that keeps pipes from getting clogged. The sewer has been backing up, and a stench has been rising. Who’s getting blamed? Not the plumbers, not the facility but the inmates, reports The Pueblo Chieftain.

Skunk attack

Denver has a stink of its own. Rabid skunks are roaming the city and petowners need to keep an eye – and a nose – out for these wild, dangerous and odorous beasts, reports The Aurora Sentinel.

Cabin fever

Log Cabin Republicans hope to use the squabble over their participation at the Western Conservative Summit to bring attention to LGBT issues in the GOP through the 2016 election. Via The Denver Post.

Change in plans

Douglas County Republican Kendal Unruh rescheduled her family vacation to visit our LGBT-friendly Canadian neighbors to the north to go to the Western Conservative Summit. Why change plans? She supports the conference’s ban on the Log Cabin Republicans’ table, reports The Denver Post.

Big winner

Good news for CU Boulder. Professor Elizabeth Fenn just won a Pulitzer Prize for her book Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, a book about a Native American tribe from the Midwest. Via The Daily Camera.

 Photo Credit: Brian Garrett, Creative Commons, Flickr

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