(up to July 30, 2005)

Hello neighbor and welcome back to the Blotter, and what a week it?s been here in the Ridge. It?s 10 AM Sunday morning and Griz Fest is in full swing. The boys just went home after pulling an all-nighter. They are snuggled in bed with visions of sugar plums dancing through their heads. Back at the detachment, liquor bottles are piled high to the ceiling, and the jail cells smell of stale alcohol and various bodily fluids. Every desk is overflowing with pieces of papers, and it?s going to be a full-time job just trying to figure out where each piece of paper is supposed to go. I just spent 20 minutes with a scoop shovel cleaning my desk off so that I had a place to write this week?s edition of the Blotter. Initially it was going to be a very abbreviated edition, and I was going to call the column ?Bacon Bits.? But as usual, the comments from the peanut gallery would become insufferable and the only person I could blame would be myself. It?s now 4 hours later, I?ve been out to a bunch of calls…better stop yapping and get tapping on the keyboard or this thing will never get done.

Do you recall all those bear, bear, bear calls? You can now add cougar to the mix. The cat was seen only once on the edge of town.

It?s now another 8 hours later….there ain?t no way I can get this done before the print deadline. Next week will be a huge report, I hope.

We?ll talk again next week the good Lord willing.

Keep it between the ditches.

Cpl. Kurt Peats