Items by Betsy Marston

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.
Dear Friends
Plaudits for Frank and Deborah Popper; visitors, corrections, and Rob Pudim's "consensus cartoon" comes home.
Heard around the West
Science fair project on condoms; nudists worry about neighbors in Ariz.; Moab's concern about teens on slickrock; "genital broke" horse; pet psychic fair in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Yellowstone bison slaughter; ADC helps rich folks in N.M.; workout hints.
Heard around the West
Help wanted in Vail; snowboarders are different; "state snake" loses in Idaho; cattle outnumber humans in Mont.; in Utah horse accidents kill people; dog owners miffed; dog argues against political slander; interesting road signs; Helen Chenoweth on guns
Heard around the West
Utah grebes miss water in their landing; Airedale stomped by Jackson Hole moose; woman arrested for feeding ice cream to bears near Tucson; ravens feed themselves in Yellowstone; Utah men land plane with the help of bodily fluids; snowboarder lingo.
Dear friends
Rosalie Sorrels in concert, FYI on the lead this issue, some valentine in Boise, Idaho.
Heard around the West
USFS computers vs. face-to-face communication; "Boyfriend in a Box"; Perfect Match dating service; Colo. elementary school students on love and marriage; "Ranger Barbie"; having a gun but not being rude in Tacoma, Wash.; wacky news in Denver's Westword.
Dear friends
Heaven-o... and Kissy the Cat lives; odds and ends; changes on the HCN board.
Heard around the West
Mark Wattles' 50,000-sq.-ft. Oregon mansion; bee power in Colorado; snail ranching in Oregon; repelling geese with grape spray; Sen. Craig defends Bobby Unser's wilderness trespassing; Valentine's Day "boudoir in the sky" in LA.
Heard around the West
"Hello" damned in Kingsville, TX; Virgin Mary appears on Green River, WY garage door; tidal Christmas tree forest in Nome, AK; "Big Dyke Barbie" respects diversity; strange views of Hale-Bopp comet; Asian duck in Idaho; Moab mountain bikes decline.
Heard around the West
Yodeling saves lives in Oregon floods; mystery train in Nebraska; dog crap in Aspen; "Blue Mountain Paranoia" in Blanding, Utah; English girl saved from Vail ski lift.
An 84-year-old postal veteran
As in Red Lodge, Mont., residents of Livingston also fight to keep their post office downtown, calling it the "lynchpin" of the area.
Heard around the West
Militia matchmaking; unexpected risks of deer hunting; the dangerous mushroom-picking business in Oregon; Arizona's Biosphere revisited; what to do when a grizzly attacks, revised.
Dear friends
Winter comes to Paonia; cartoonist Elmer Sprung wins fight with Montana forest officials; intern Sarah Dry; odds and ends; corrections and emendations.
Even in Quiet Places
"Even in Quiet Places: Poems by William Stafford" is reviewed.
Dear friends
David Brower wants to empty Lake Powell; trail builder Gudy Gaskill visits.
Dear friends
Election aftermath; what's wrong with this picture; corrections and emendations.
Eyes of fire
Rancher Warner Glenn's book, "Eyes of Fire," celebrates the rare jaguar.
Utah tells Babbitt to back off
The state of Utah sues Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt for trying to "re-inventory" BLM lands for wilderness designation.
Casualties of controversy: Two editors' jobs and a biologist's naivete
Two editors of "Outdoor Life" magazine resign when Colorado bear biologist Tom Beck's essay critical of bear hunting is pulled from an issue of the magazine.
Dear Friends
Braving blaze orange, passers through, Cal Sunderland writes: "Keep dancering."
Dear friends
HCN board meeting in Driggs, Idaho; Writers on the Range at HCN; fall visitors; research fund drive; correction.
Dear friends
Odds and ends, corrections, fall visitors, web wanderings, llamas continued.
Recycling gets rapped
The Environmental Defense Fund pamphlet, "Anti-Recycling Myths," responds to a New York Times article denouncing recycling.
Bear with us
Review of "Bear Aware: Hiking and Camping in Bear Country" by Bill Schneider.
Dear friends
Fall interns Katie Fesus and Patrick Dowd; and fall brings coolness and rain to the dry, hot Western Slope.
Dear friends
Fires in the West, llamas and more, passing through Paonia, technical difficulties on the Web.
A tree did it
Two summer power blackouts in the West are caused by wayward trees.