Items by Betsy Marston

A farewell to Montana's grand madam
A local icon dies; the Dakotas both beckon and push away
Falcon fear factor
Peregrines v. seagulls, Beaver v. beaver
Montana's hard core school bus drivers
Grand Junction, Colo. loves controversy; driving buses in wild weather
Exploding hog farms and mysterious missing birds
Calling 911 when Walmart is closed gets you a ride to the wrong place
Black bears named "Blue," pink Chinese dust
Pollution from Beijing could encourage Sierra snowpack
Hollywood turns wolves into man-killers
Movie makers hurt the cause of wolves; Las Vegas cabbies take prisoners for tips
Winning the wildfire jackpot
D.C. officials place bets on how many acres will burn; the car chase of his dreams
Ready-made solar houses
Homes built to generate electricity, stopping Salt Lake sprawl, the drug game
The warming properties of greenbacks
A lost snowshoer survives by burning bills; flirting in Fargo
No ski for you
After a skier complains, Montana Snowbowl refuses to sell him tickets; wacky words of Arizona politicians
China hearts cowboys
Jackson Hole moves to Asia, and a border security newspaper
Do not sink teeth into animal testicles
Of testosterone-fueled idiots, rule-breaking officials, and laws for a good life
All I want for Christmas is a rifle
Gun photos with Santa, dueling grizzlies
Deer smugglers and avocado thieves
Texans smuggle in big-antlered deer to mix with their herds, an avocado thief; Peruvian sheep terrorists
The joys of 'virtual hiking'
Who needs the outdoors anyway? Also, how to sell your husband
When a bear drives a Prius
Plus a wild wolf encounter and imposter journalism
"Wear a condom now, save the spotted owl"
Human population control for wildlife, and the proud homeless of Moab
Bringing it home, keeping it wild
Offshore jobs return to Idaho; bear-attracting neighbors meet the Lake Tahoe Wall of Shame
Of things falling
RVs and phone books, for example
Guns, wolves, and graves
A politically incorrect gun raffle, a howling wolf hunt, and how to compost yourself
Surfing on a shark
And the manliness of mining
Taking scissors to a dam
And "the hottest event of the year that no one will attend"
Of Segways and stickshifts
Cops in Montana test a new pursuit vehicle. Wyoming carjackers forget how to drive
'Never again'
Wyoming interpretive center opens to promote learning from Japanese internment experience.
Redwoods or red wine?
California wineries hope to log 2,000 acres of redwoods to grow more grapes. Bottle of pinot to go with that clearcut?
Mules matter
A parade goes awry, and snow blocks resupply trains
Child abuse or good old-fashioned fun?
Mutton-busting takes off across the country
HCN stories win awards
HCN stories win awards
Two HCN stories win recent awards; summer visitors come to call; catching up with former intern Lisa McKhann.
Poison plants, attack of the mountain goats
Watch where you pee in Olympic National Park
Bear-fighting poodles and Muslim dust storms
Ferocious animals in Washington state and ferocious xenophobes in Arizona
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