Items by Betsy Marston

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.
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.