Items by Betsy Marston

Heard around the West
Hunter self-esteem; pseudo-deer vs. poachers; elk overflow in Sequim, Wash.; hired dog for politican; dogs are avenged; guns equal politeness.
Dear Friends
Nevada Test Site protests; Society of Environmental Journalists meet; fall visitors.
Drawing from life
A review of Hannah Hinchman's "A Trail Through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place."
Heard around the West
Ostrich meat in White House; llamas need new image; bears misbehaving all over the West; tent is private property; anti-terrorist guerilla action in Summit County, Colo.; wolf Houdini hero in Yellowstone.
Heard around the West
Joe Camel needs work; Rolling Stones not playing Buffalo, Wyo.; cows vs. mosquitoes; useful bird activities; decorating outhouse walls; grizzlies vs. lodge in Katmai Nat'l Park in Alaska; Testicle Festival in Clinton, Mont.
Dear Friends
Patricia Nelson Limerick speaks; kudos; green comic book; fall visitors.
Leaning Into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West
The anthology "Leaning Into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West" is a mosaic of seldom-heard voices from the High Plains.
Heard around the West
Yellowstone's rickety sewer system; California is booming; creating salmon habitat with dump trucks; killing trees to save woodpeckers; usefulness of sheep; border collie in D.C.
Dear Friends
The gardener's payoff; new fall interns Jason "Andy" Lenderman and Sara Phillips; late-summer visitors; T.A. Barron receives Wilderness Society award; farewell, Paria Skip (Rodney Schipper).
Heard around the West
Welcome, hunters; Steve Howke's wedding; cow-chip bingo; cows not home on range; ravens collect golf balls.
Heard around the West
Good news for cows; "Baywatch breakout" in NM; river guides defend urine integrity; activist Delyla Wilson at fault for hurling bison guts; flying reptiles in NM; Slick Rock Cafe beats Hard Rock Cafe in lawsuit; Bill Gates' Seattle mansion.
Dear friends
"Depressing ... diligent" among comments on the returned 1997 HCN readers' surveys; our readers are "no shrinking violets."
Heard around the West
The "sunscreen speech"; tourist questions; bats in the bleachers in St. George, Utah; little old ladies and drug smuggling; scary stories from Hanford.
Dear friends
Corrections; Cal Sunderland's update on radiation therapy; visitors; cougar seen in Paonia, Colo.; environmentalist Sandy Sargent dies of leukemia.
Don't blame women
Book review of "Misplaced Blame: The Real Roots of Population Growth" by Alan Thein Durning and Christopher D. Crowther.
Heard around the West
Aspen's swimming pool war; Phil Anschutz's golf course near Greeley, Colo.; studying prairie dog language; "Animal Farm" no defense in Newport, Wash.; animal cruelty case; trees cut in Eugene, Ore.; did Steve Mealey moon the shoreline?; "Bare Bum Beach"
Dear friends
The contrary West (wet weather); Silverton newspaper for sale; fun interruptions; Awesome and other news; and HCN's website gets a makeover.
Owens Valley finally loses patience
Rural elected officials order Los Angeles to stop diverting 43 million gallons water a day from California's Owens Lake.
Heard around the West
Woodsy Owl's makeover; Ore. high school team no longer "Savages"; Rainbows not welcomed in Prineville, Ore.; shooting in Jackson, Wyo.; Helen Chenoweth on grizzlies; Wyo. Republican starts field hearings; Wis. Rep. Obey replies to critics; Missy Cow Cow.
Heard around the West
Las Vegas chutzpah; a cemetery scholar's grave observations; crazy snowboarding and dangerous driving; football as blood sport in Albuquerque; angler rumps and porta-potties in Idaho; heartening news in Idaho and Washington.
Heard Around the West
Bobby Unser whines about fires; runners win in Colo. Nat'l Monument; Nev. Republican Rep. Jim Kibbens vs. BLM "monsters"; he's baaack! (Tom Chapman); Indians protest "John Wayne Parkway"; Karelian bear dogs in Glacier N.P. and bear raids T-shirt makers.
Heard around the West
True story of balloon-powered lawn chair; owning Redstone Castle not cheap; illegal pool-building in Aspen; anti-hunting T-shirts; prairie dog hunting B&B; cyberspace riddles; Frosty the freezer dog; Wash.'s road or religious sign; Chenoweth's baloney.
For urban dropouts
John Clayton's book, "Small Town Bound: Your guide to small-town living, from determining if life in the country lane is for you, to choosing the perfect place to set roots, to making your dream come true," is reviewed.
Heard around the West
Why can't government manage the weather right?; Lake Powell poop; jet ski management; bears learn to use the fridge; "Diet Dirt"; N.D. and Italy work together to make pasta; Mark Obmascik floats Denver's Cherry Creek through a golf course.
Dear friends
Feedback; Manas magazine returns to life; new interns Jamie Murray and Alan Schussman.
Cry Wolf
Review of "The Great American Wolf" by Bruce Hampton
Heard around the West
EPA joke network; debunking of "net myth"; comments at Wyo.'s Bridger Wilderness; retorts from Jack Gilluly; Disney's Wild West Show in France needs Indians; polygamist Alma Aldebert Timpson dies; Great Old Broads; Westerners swap jobs; "Spam" haiku.
Dick Randall, a fighter for the West
HCN honors the memory of Wyoming's Dick Randall, who went from killing coyotes for Animal Damage Control to being the strongest critic of that agency.
Heard around the West
Cows cause fires; cow-car catastrophe; getting gross w/pukey tobacco in AZ.; John Birch conspiracy mongers in WY.; Moab survives spring break; resourceful lost 8-yr.-old in Arches; invading rattlers and depressed alpacas; "Habitat Drive" near Telluride.
A Utah vendetta
Utah politicians, angry at actor Robert Redford's support of the controversial new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, pass a resolution to turn Redford's Sundance resort into a wilderness.