Dogs banned from trails in Colorado park

Dogs are barred from trails at Mueller State Park in Teller County once again following a summer experiment to gauge their impact on the land, wildlife and other visitors.

Rangers at Mueller received numerous complaints about dogs and issued seven tickets for rule violations, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said in a statement. The trial period began June 1. Dog were allowed on specific trails and owners were asked to keep them on a hand-held leash no longer than 6 feet, avoid confrontations with animals and other visitors, and pick up pet waste.

“We had reports of dogs chasing small wildlife such as foxes, squirrels and rabbits,” park manager John Geerdes said in the release. “And we heard, over and over again, that people come here to hike because it is one of the last places they can do so and not encounter dogs. Many come for the wildlife experience and say dogs ruin that for them.”

Related ArticlesSeptember 20, 2017

BARKitecture: Denver airport shows off fancy, solar-powered doghouses for sustainability competition

September 18, 2017

Families accuse Colorado Springs service dog company of scamming customers

September 8, 2017

Fat cat? Pudgy pooch? Time to exercise

September 6, 2017

Boulder police cite transient after he allegedly fed 11-week-old puppy alcohol

September 5, 2017

Longmont takes in 45 dogs as Texas shelter makes room for pets displaced by Harvey

The park logged 88 written and verbal comments, with many visitors noting fewer big game sightings along the trails where dogs were allowed to hike this summer. …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

Legends of Lincecum: Five amazing tales about The Freak

SEATTLE — Former Giants ace Tim Lincecum is tough to find these days (see main story). But for most of the pitcher’s life, the biggest challenge was finding something he was bad at.

His baseball talent barely scratches the surface.

“He could kick a football through the goal posts from 50 yards. He could do 60 pull-ups in a row. … Standing back flips … Walk on his hands from home to first,” said Elliott Cribby, who played with Lincecum at the University of Washington.

“Timmy could hit a golf ball a mile,” said former major leaguer Brent Lillibridge, another former Husky.

“He could hit the center of the dartboard every time,” college teammate Michael Burgher said.

“It was truly amazing watching him and his athletic ability,” Cribby said. “Anything we did, he did better.”

This marks the first major league season without Lincecum since 2007. To give fans their fix of The Freak, here are five amazing feats you’ll never find on the back of his baseball card:

1. Hear Timmy Sing

For sheer entertainment value, ex-teammates say nothing could top Lincecum’s routine as the Human Jukebox. The pitcher was worth a thousand words: He could sing along to any song, any genre, any time.

“Oh, my gosh, so true,” Lillibridge said. “Back then, we just had radio. So in college, especially, music was always on. And he literally sang to every song. It didn’t matter: It could have been rock, it could have been rap, it could have been alternative.

“I swear, we could have pulled out some smooth jazz with a little bit of vocals and he’d know what that was. I don’t remember a time when he didn’t know the lyrics.

Cribby said that Lincecum’s song skills were so ridiculous that that once the pitcher got rolling with the locker room soundtrack, teammates …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

Review: Campbell’s Flights is more fun than foodie

Since it opened in June, Flights in Campbell has been packing in 300-plus customers a night with its triple-the-fun food and drink concept. They serve not only beer, wine and cocktails but also comfort food in flights of three.

Owners Sarah and Alexander Hult are known for their fine dining restaurant, Hult’s, in downtown Los Gatos. No need to compare, though. Hult’s is about service, ingredient-sourcing and elevated technique while Flights is about fun.

Housed inside the former Socialight corner spot on Campbell Avenue with dark wood and dramatic tear-drop light fixtures, Flights is more bar than restaurant, at least at night, when the crowds are rowdy and the techno music is loud and thumping. They do brunch, too, and that menu looks really interesting, with flights of Swedish Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, and Bacon & Beer.

At night, the menu is comprised of 17 more straight-forward items (think tacos, sliders, pizza and such) that help soak up spirit-forward mai tais and frozen margaritas. They also offer one flight (9 ounces per pour) for each of the major beer styles and wine varietals (4 ounces per pour) plus trios of spirits, including bourbon and scotch. Cocktail Chronicles columnist Sal Pizarro covers the details of the beverage program here.

The air travel concept extends to the servers — and their genders circa 1960. The women are dressed as flight attendants and the men as pilots with captain stripes. After being seated on a busy weeknight following a 45-minute wait, a server explained the concept and told us to flip our laminated coasters if we needed anything (red side up) or wanted to be left alone (green side up). Easy peasy.

Related Articles

Dining review: Does new Limon Rotisserie in Walnut Creek …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

Where have you gone Tim Lincecum? In search of beloved Giants ace

Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants poses for a photo during Spring Training Photo Day at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona. Lincecum was named the 2008 National League Cy Young Award winner. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — Tim Lincecum’s last known address is tucked behind a partial fence, just off a sloped dead-end street near the shores of Lake Washington.

Getting to the front door of the barn-red building requires crossing a short bridge. It feels like walking the plank.

This is where I rang the doorbell over the course of a few days last week. It’s been said that nearly a third of Bigfoot sightings come from the Pacific Northwest, so this was my best bet at finding the elusive, mythical, shaggy creature known as The Freak.

No such luck. Lincecum, the Giants’ two-time Cy Young Award winner, never answered the door, and neither did anyone else. Whenever I pressed the doorbell, the lone stirring came from annoyed dogs.

Tim Lincecum won Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

My editor dispatched me to Seattle because people miss the living daylights out of Timothy LeRoy Lincecum. This has been the first Major League Season without him since 2007, when the tiny kid with the big fastball first set AT&T Park ablaze.

“It was a little guy taking on the world,” recalled broadcaster Duane Kuiper. “Everybody likes that.”

Over the course of nine Giants seasons and three World Series victories, The Freak entranced, enthralled, delighted and sometimes maddened.

Lincecum was the best pitcher in the league for a stretch and then, almost inexplicably, one of the worst. Either way, he put on a show that made him one of the most popular and fascinating players in San Francisco history.

His absence feels particularly acute this season, with a team devoid of both wins and personality.

Where have you gone, Tim Lincecum? The Giants turn their last-place eyes to you.

“The vibe around the Giants was different because of Timmy,” pitching coach Dave Righetti told me shortly before my trip. “You’re …read more

Source:: The Mercury News