Items by Betsy Marston

Heard around the West
Alluring trees on trial; posh Park City party; pity Arizona; golf in Arizona; polo field in Grand Junction; no affordable housing in Ketchum; no bike lands at DIA; acronyms aplenty at INEEL.
Heard around the West
Spam and other worst recipes; bears raiding Denver fridges; South Dakota's religious tolerance; deer jumps into Montana van; what helicopters spy in the Central Arizona Project's canals; cow pie lagoons; Hong Kong film subtitles.
Dear friends
Catching up on newspapers; HCN potluck in Tucson, Ariz.; winter intern Michelle Nijhuis.
Heard Around the West
Stranded skier dances; Grand Junction, Colo., sheriff victim of alcoholism disability; warhead smashes (empty) trailers in Utah; teen kills deer by hand; NRA defends "Star Spangled Banner'; paying overdue fines at wedding; bus riders on Colo. 82.
Dear Friends
Snowtime in the Rockies, skipped issue, corrections, Tucson board meeting, John McPhee recommends HCN.
Heard around the West
Romanian road rage in Mont.; Idaho poachers spear chinook salmon; Wonder Bread recaptures roaming zoo buffalo; crows chase coyote in Seattle; goldfish surgery; escaping emu in Utah; beaver re-landscapes condominium; drinking and riding in Great Falls.
Heard around the West
Alfred E. Neuman goes West; strange true crime stories; Utah vs. Olympics beer; Utah vs. Rodin; "Jerks in Montana history," D.I.A. and blizzards; suggestions for future.
Dear Friends
HCN research fund; Herman F. Dieterich; turkeys are gone.
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.