Items by Betsy Marston

Heard around the West
Montana cowgirls go "bareback riding" for calendar; Forest Service worker vs. mountain lions; winery pollution in Napa Valley; violent clown nabbed; plague of toads; Durango high school reunion
Heard around the West
"Spiral Jetty" returns; "fart science"; the methane-cow question; pigs with personalities; Mustang Ranch is back in business
Heard around the West
Rowdy hymn-singers in Joseph, Ore.; pseudo-towns in suburban Phoenix; Gov. Brian Schweitzer does it right; strange neighbors in Casper, Wyo.; Code Talker Teddy Draper Sr. receives Purple Heart; Dan McKay writes purple prose; David McSwane takes on Army re
Heard around the West
The Gladstone Kibosh, EnvironGentle’s ungentle T-shirts; bicyclists meet baby horse; dog-of-honor at the wedding; Judge Royce Lamberth vs. the Interior Department’s incompetence; "Nothing" becomes something in Telluride
Heard around the West
Bison-poop paper; dumb and dumber bank robbers; what’s in Lake Powell; thank you, Las Cruces; eagle "grenades" into window in Alaska
Heard Around the West
Giant-tire shortage; the rufous hummingbird "red menace"; preparing for death; potato problems; Spokes Spud Mr. Potato Head
Heard around the West
Anchovies and evolution clash in Idaho; why do chickens cross the road; cockfighting in California; unexpected Arizona refunds; short enough now to fly a plane; deer meets Wal-Mart in Nebraska
Heard around the West
Snowmobiling sans snow; Las Vegas "condiments"; wacky weather in Washington; burritos, bears and school lockdowns; wrapping glaciers in Switzerland; Salazar takes on the Family; good manners ease highway screw-up
Heard around the West
Miraculous Colorado chickens; Bob Meinecke’s outdoor memories; Ann Coulter vs. Pima County; Benedictines seek brewery; too many "welfare eagles" in Homer, Alaska
Down — but far from out — in Drummond
In Drummond: Ranch Life in the West, Jill Brody uses photographs and interviews to paint a vivid portrait of life in a hardscrabble Montana ranching town
Heard around the West
Honor in bar fights; philanthropic roughnecks; salmon vs. sea lions; skunks; cowboy caviar; "Liquid Gold"; slime-mold beetles named for Bush and friends
Heard around the West
Strange tales from the California Highway Patrol; "Foo Foo Coffee" vs. gas prices; tumbleweed chic; advice for migrants; dumb laws; Gov. Dave Freudenthal is a colorful maverick
Heard around the West
Only resident of Monowi, Neb., loves it, but other Great Plains towns struggle to attract people; "no intelligent life out here" is right; no plastic surgery for Hollywood pets; Glenwood Springs, Colo., cops catch Denver bad guy; "low-cow" Internet in Hot
Dear friends
Tragedy in Paonia; visitors; "Starting West" conference at Stanford discusses frustration; clarification from BLM; Happy 35th birthday, HCN
Heard around the West
Remembering Hunter S. Thompson; out-of-doors Internet; Brian Schweitzer takes on D.C.; more realtors than realty in Vail, Colo.; Top 10 things about being a small-town teen; and Koko the talking ape gets nasty
Heard around the West
Calendar girls get the brush-off in Carmel, Calif.; sniffing out endangered species; looking for a blonde bombshell; "The Bitchin’ Post" meets airport security; "stealth towers" in Colorado Springs
Heard around the West
Avalanches galore in the San Juan Mountains; a monstrous monster home in Jackson; "inattention blindness" on the highway; nice millionaires join the Yellowstone Club; exotic career day advice in Albuquerque; dog survives eagle snatching
Heard around the West
Internet hunting; "step away from the helicopter"; expensive water leak; the versatile silk handkerchief; "Get Out of Town!" in Tucson; Ray Bradbury on cars; don’t mess with Buddha
Heard around the West
Top-secret lab has a secret squatter; turtle-helpers in Boulder; the news and the Good News in Colorado Springs; child in pinata; kids write to Santa in Jackson, Wyo.
Heard around the West
Pork and mariachi; Victoria’s Secret vs. trees; Zach Mann vs. Starbucks; poaching preachers; elk poachers get popped; crimes solved in Jackson, Wyo.
Heard around the West
Man vs. rattlesnake; corporate crime in Wyoming; nasty ads in Colorado; "Defense of Heterosexual Breeding Coalition"; "Mesa Mom" feeds and comforts college kids; and bear breaks into SUV
Heard around the West
Man vs. lion; skiers vs. avalanche; Ed Bangs and wolves; Utah constitutional amendments; trigger-happy hunter in Montana; annoying off-road VW ads
Heard around the West
Friendly moose killed; San Juan Horseshoe spoofs hunters; not an "easy to moderate" mountain climb in Wyoming; meteorite drops in; persnickety about pumpkins in Puyallup; hit-and-run by clown at Burning Man Festival
Heard around the West
Mach schnell, little doggies; California’s troubles; bears vs. hunters; elk vs. tourist; Chevy vs. field mice; how not to die in the desert
Heard Around the West
BlueRibbon Coalition director in trouble; recycling etiquette; Most Livable Communities don’t come cheap; Bed and Breakfast Beagle in Idaho; UFO Watchtower; Bruce Willis fined by EPA
Heard around the West
Bowdlerizing books at the Layton library; Oregon cheese not from Oregon; property rights – and wrongs – in Delta, Colo.; bears and beer; Colorado coffee-creamer cubs; loving guns in Montana; and prairie dogs vs. gas development
Heard around the West
Pac-O-Art art vending machine; turning against Wal-Mart; Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest; Boy Scouts sued for blaze; ORVers need potty-training; bull elk get really hungry
Heard around the West
Forest Service fire liaison busted for tossing cigarette butts; Interior decorator Gale Norton; horse slasher; cell phones vs. snakes; neighborhood with the slurry on top; tough on crime at Yellowstone; and Bonner County, Idaho, is quiet
Heard around the West
Fahrenheit 9/11 stirs controversy in Park City; dead cottonwoods become art in Santa Fe; Bert Raynes loves names used for animal groups; do-it-yourself burials in San Francisco; Lewis and Clark’s shopping list; bear vs. truck in Tahoe; and bad bison
Dear Friends
The Bush "pants on fire" mobile visits; Ed Marston at the Sopris Foundation meeting in Aspen; Adam Burke on NPR; Lisa Lombardi in Australia; and Auden and Ellen Schendler welcome a baby girl
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