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Reverend Horton Heat—the country-punk-rockabilly Texas stage show—is coming to town this week, and we can feel the heat. Can you feel the heat—or the tepidness, anyway? Come on, at least it stopped snowing.

The Frenchtown Rural Fire Dept. can feel the heat, but not film it. Amid calls for an investigation into the activities of chief Scott Waldron, a regularly scheduled agency board meeting on June 9 revealed that one of Waldron’s crews managed to lose a $10,500 thermal imaging camera.

According to the Clark Fork Chronicle, Waldron’s official position is that the expensive piece of equipment was left on the ground at a house fire. After crews peeled out, the blaze rekindled and consumed the home along with the camera. Waldron took almost two months to report the loss, which left board chair Mitchell Hicks fairly hot and bothered.

Cyclists on the newly repaved Orange Street can still feel the engine heat of cars passing dangerously close. Last week, the city rebuilt the famously porous roadway and put in bike lanes—at long last. However, instead of putting in real five-foot bike lanes, engineers crammed in itty-bitty shoulders. Free Cycles co-operator Bob Giordano complains the solution is a short change for alternative transportation, and he’s got a point. Is this Houston or something?

Right now the paint is curing, according to the city, and the chip seal won’t be applied for about a month yet. Anyone who would like to see the traffic lanes narrowed a few inches and the bike lanes properly installed should contact your elected officials before the summer heats up further.

If a Bush plan to repeal a nationwide ban on accessible firearms in national parks goes forward after public comment wraps up June 30, U.S. Park Service officials might soon feel the heat of dealing with heat. Individual states could still enact their own moratoriums, but that may create a loaded situation for interstate parks like Yellowstone and Death Valley. Are they going to start painting “gun-zone” lines through the desert? How long will those take to cure? Interior Dept. spokesman Chris Paolino says officials will cross that imaginary bridge when they get to it.

Supporters of the plan emphasize that violent crimes in parks ramped up to 384 in 2006, including 11 murders. Opponents counter that if you put that data in the context of how many people use parkland every year—about 270 million—Yellowstone is practically Appleton, Wis.

Either way, the issue is being chambered in the presidential debate, so expect to hear more as this political summer gets hot and fiery. Damn, somebody call Frenchtown Rural.

Wait—on second thought, don’t.

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