The Telluride Ski Resort porcupine, Stickers, knows how to work a crowd. When a group gathers, he waddles up to each person, stands on his hind legs, sniffs for food and keeps moving until he finds lunch.
The nature of the tight box canyon that cradles Telluride means that it's only a few blocks to the edge of civilization. Black bears wander through town in search of snacks -- especially this time of year.
One of my favorite Telluride medical tales is about George Balderston, a doctor who removed his own appendix in 1949. His reasoning: "I wanted to get a first-hand reaction of a patient to local anesthesia."
Given Colorado's battleground status, the romantic place it holds in the national psyche as a symbol of the frontier, and a place of treasured natural beauty, Denver starts to make a lot of sense for the Huffington Post.