Items by Betsy Marston

Don't mention it
Candidate tells all.
Just a tad intrusive?
Englewood dog owners now have to scoop the poop in their own backyards.
A chicken named Thelma, R.I.P.
She laid a gigantic egg and then died.
Low-speed "vehicular eluding"
Driver charged led police on 25-minute chase going 3-5 miles per hour.
"Big iron" at Sun Valley
Value of corporate jets at bigwig pow wow totals $2 billion -- not counting filling up the tanks.
"Meet a black guy"
A booth at the weekly Farmer's Market in Corvallis offers a chance to chat about race.
Paper busts buyers of bogus degrees
The Spokesman-Review is outing people who bought phony degrees from a diploma mill based in Spokane.
Battle of the bag bans
Wealthy Colorado towns race to eliminate disposable bags.
Drivers with attitudes
Bumper stickers may correlate with road rage.
Moe's great escape
A pet chimpanzee makes a break for freedom.
Add Mormon flare to your closet
Polygamous wives sew a new future.
Snarling from the front seat
Oregon drivers vent and reminisce with gas jockeys.
Heard Around the West
Touring a brothel for college credit; Sherpas in Salt Lake City; one hot cat in Washington; bikers vs. drivers in Larimer County, Colo.
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Biodiesel pirates; dinosaur bones for sale; archaeological developments; hot weather and cool bankrobbers; what to do with a big dead moose.
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The boatmen’s quarterly review revisits the wet spring of 1983 and the terrifying whitewater the rafters encountered deep in the Grand Canyon; “Smart fortwo” car coming to town; the wit & wisdom of Ted Turner.
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John Slemp takes the ride of his life, into a volcano; Douglas Bruce strikes again; cow-pie tossing and other delights; imposter dog?; “jingle mail”; and “virtual” border fence is a botched-up bust.
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A field guide to obnoxious housing; April Fool’s in Aspen; Ruby the turkey vulture; how to curb immigration; and please, baby boomers, don’t all retire at once!
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No smoking onstage in Colorado; a really rotten trick; wheat field in the Big Apple; it’s hard to charge a dead man with a crime; Brian Schweitzer and Montana just say no to Homeland Security.
Dear friends
Ray Ring wins another award; visitors; Lynne Bama’s new book of poetry and photographs, Yellowstone Rising; and Paonia’s Mary Bear Volk celebrates 99 years.
Heard Around the West
Spring is around the corner, even in Wyoming; toilet-to-tap without a “yuck” in Orange County; Utah lawmakers say the craziest things; how nonprofits deal with stress; pink poodle kerfluffle in Boulder; and pterodactyls in Washington.
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Utah Republican Chris Buttars just doesn’t know how to talk to “those people”; stupid poachers in pickup trucks; earliest recording of “Howl” discovered; more guns in schools – and national parks; and great rental deal in Logan, Utah.
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Karen Claver delivers the mail in remote, rural northern Montana; The Duane B. Hagadone Heliport Blues; neighbor vs. neighbor over Arizona “pop-ups”; and New York’s famous Moondance Diner moves to Wyoming, blizzards and all.
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Jackson Hole needs a brand-new slogan; trees vs. solar power in environmentalist California; trees vs. the view in Lake Tahoe; Arizona’s “extreme commuters”; drunk driver protects his beer; Barry McCahill loves SUVs even though he doesn’t drive one.
Heard around the West
Jim Stiles asks about perfect moments; rent-a-pet; Douglas Bruce behaves like a jerk; Forest Service meeting gets nasty in Montana.
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Remembering Beverly Allen, an 80-something showgirl; nation’s largest Sitka spruce dies; all religions are weird to non-believers; Ted Turner vs. Nebraska; the benefits of being a resort town; growing pains in the West.
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Arborcide outside Las Vegas; repossessing a family; Merry Christmoose in Alaska; interior earthworks in New York; snowplowing on Red Mountain Pass.
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Bicyclists under attack in Seattle; cleaning up oil with human hair; underwater mushrooms; cows flee McDonald’s; Dalton Trumbo gets a statue; Bad Ass Coffee.
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Lucky the elk was not so lucky; unhealthy health treats; little kid literally drives folks crazy; 90-year-old volunteer finally retires; stories about heat raise temperatures; Tahoe’s bear troubles.
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The Long Arm of the Law hits Western yards; un-damming a Montana waterway; a modern-day farmer’s daughter; clueless CEOs; smart moose.
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Counseling councilmen; a very virtual “virtual” fence; Arizona vs. college students; trapped in a CT scan; trophy land; smelling like a dog; paying taxes with skis.
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