Items by Betsy Marston

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.
The artist
Montana artist Dana Boussard in her own words on the duty of artists to grapple with the changing West.
Heard around the West
Geology lessons in Grand Teton National Park, 13-year-old Buddhist lama in Wyoming, camouflage lingerie, California theme parks, Moab's sarcastic police blotter, abduction by aliens in Arizona, close encounters with bears and porcupines.
Dear Friends
Celebration of essayists; visitors; deaths of Seth Diamond and Paul Shepard; corrections.
Dear friends
Consensus issue reprinted, odds and ends, summer visitors, looking for lost freelancers.
Dear friends
Paonia's Cherry Days festival, summer visitors, corrections, and Mollie Beattie, U.S. Fish & Wildlife head, dies of cancer at age 49, also obituary for Harley Greiman by Ed Marston.
Heard around the West
Tourist encounters in national parks, thievery and honesty in Colorado and Nevada, testing Olestra in Grand Junction, Colo., fiberglass cow in Park City, Utah, runs into trouble with planning commission, DIA and tornadoes, etc., and competition for mines
Dear friends
HCN's summer break, odds and ends, summer interns Greg Hanscom and Jared Farmer, Paul Larmer visits Utah rancher Hardy Redd.
Dear Friends
Special issue, board meeting in Grand Junction, drop-ins, odds and ends.
Dear Friends
Woe is Montana, notes from all over, Anders Halverson wins awards.
Dear Friends
Spring in Paonia, board meeting in Grand Junction, corrections, cowboy poets and other Western writers, odds and ends.