Items by Betsy Marston

Dear friends
Fires in the West, llamas and more, passing through Paonia, technical difficulties on the Web.
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.
A tree did it
Two summer power blackouts in the West are caused by wayward trees.
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.
Dear Friends
Spring weather and mud, news from Walkin' Jim Stoltz and Robert "Ramon" Amon, corrections.
Dear Friends
Ditch burning, Udo Zindel update, mapmaker Louis Jaffe visits, "Code of the West" on line and jailed Bill Chisholm.
Dear friends
Idaho honors Ernie Day, Nelle Tobias and Bruce Bowler; update on Dabo Lamine; Theo Colborn's book, "Our Stolen Future," Meg O'Shaughnessy leaves HCN; barcodes and reader survey.
Dear Friends
Spring interns Michelle McClellan and Bill Taylor, small world department.
Dear friends
C.L. Rawlins changes from poetry editor to editor at large, HCN buffed, corrections, suggestions, birth of Diane Hackl's baby.
Heard around the West
Navajo football broadcast, George Nethercutt not a good listener, fish visitors comment, Wanaleiya resort in Nevada, Iowa romance, cold weather in the Dakotas, big and little DIAs.
Dear Friends
Response to hunting issues, corrections, area code, visitors, deaths of Mike Synar and Jim Bradley.
Dear Friends
Utah in the news, death of boatman Curtis "Whale" Hansen, intern Dustin Solberg, HCN board meeting in Colorado Springs, visitors.
Bird Brains
In this book "Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays," writer Candace Savage celebrates Corvid IQs.
Dear friends
Warm weather, intern Jenny Emery, corrections and emendations, Research Fund appeal, NewtWatch and us, HCN holiday gathering.
Dear Friends
Federal shutdown, lions and bears, visitors.
Dear Friends
Larry Tuttle ends 1,872-mile walk; Karl Hess Jr. visits; other visitors; advertising; name confusion.
Dear friends
Pear Wars; feedback; visitors.
DIA hears from some critics
At an air summit meeting in Grand Junction, Colo., representatives at Denver International Airport hear a litany of complaints from Western Slope regional airport managers.
Dear friends
HCN anniversary in Lander, Rick and Heather Knight present award to HCN, new interns Heather Abel and Warren Cornwall.
Outdoor museum preserved for now
Two geologists help preserve carved bedrock of Idaho's Big Wood River.
Tales from the West
The Stories that Shape Us: Contemporary Women Write about the West offers essays by 26 writers.
Dams were built on breathless prose
A 1965 Bureau of Reclamation booklet declaimed the glories of building Glen Canyon Dam.