This year has been a bad one for many people, so I was happy to hear some good news yesterday. While walking along the Cuyahoga River (the infamous burning river) where it runs through my old home town, an acquaintance saw a baby otter! After a century-long absence, the river otters are back. The water used to be funneled through an old stone dam in the center of town, but several years ago it was dismantled to improve the habitat for fish. And now there are enough fish to interest a family of otters.