Items by Betsy Marston

Heard around the West
"Monster" is pussycat in Penn.; farmer plows over snowmobiles in Canada; Arizona Republic condemns vigilante approach to illegal immigration; Psychic Network welcome to bring jobs to Santa Fe; wanna-be doctors face acting "patients"; PETA in Wyo.
Mining is forever
"Wounding the West: Montana, Mining and the Environment" by David Stiller highlights the dangers posed to Westerners by more than a half-million abandoned hardrock mines.
Heard around the West
Steamboat Geyser erupts in Yellowstone; behind scenes at Miss USA pageant; killer bees in AZ; backcountry skier gets to safety with perseverance; subsidized smoking on reservations; geckos released to control roaches in Golden Gate State Park, Calif.
Dear Friends
"Errare humanum est"; summer interns Kayley Mendenhall and Katie Oppenheimer; fourth grade visits HCN; Craig Child's reading; William Hornby gets award.
Heard around the West
Sweaters for penguins; potbellied pig turned to pork; Audubon member enraged at ATV ads in magazines; crashing a Mormon church in Wyo.; disguised cellular phone towers; Canadians don't want to share bears; toilet-to-tap water; anti-gun rally.
We can do it ourselves
"Living on the Earth" by Alicia Bay Laurel, a counterculture handbook for back-to-the-landers, is back in print 30 years after it first appeared.
Take a load off
The BLM says that burros are better than llamas, goats or horses in the backcountry, and is encouraging people to adopt wild burros from Arizona and train them.
Heard around the West
Western newspaper mottos; elk semen; outdoor bathrooms and "rock cairns"; carousers burn Boy Scouts' trail logs; fox in hospital in Sun Valley, ID; killer bees to St. George, UT; Santa Rosa, CA drive-throughs; "Nome Nat'l Forest"; political yogis; ATVs.
Heard around the West
Dr. Bruce Hayse's underwater snowmobile adventure in Jackson, Wyo.; Tlingit Barbie; two young cougars roam Salt Lake City; Jackson Hole vs. monster houses; Colorado Springs developer vs. democracy.
Heard around the West
Old West shoot-out in Las Vegas; saying howdy with a staplegun; killed wolf becomes Idaho high school mascot; Franken-fish in New Zealand; ideas on refrigerators and houses made from airplanes; Las Vegas plans its own Grand Canyon; Telluride dog trouble.
Heard around the West
Feces hits fan (and houses) in Utah again; Ariz. Legislature says state has right to secede, and worries about too much democracy; Flexcar in Seattle and Portland; golf carts in Senior Estates, Ore.; Reno billboards; Seattle school toilets save money.
Heard around the West
USFS mulls changing vehicle color; Ariz. couch potatoes slim; Idaho's potato supremacy threatened; San Francisco battles rodeos; Tom Forsythe told to quit photographing Barbie dolls; Aspen fights monster homes; faux fish trophies; what animal?
Heard around the West
Post Office vs. Grand Canyon, gobbledygook in D.C.; Salt Lake keeps eye on movies, nose on smells; faux snow; cougar vs. dog; rabbits vs. Sheridan, Wyo.; roadkill for dinner; snowmobiler survival near Spokane.
Heard around the West
Cows on the way out; "cowlettes" for ranchettes; "nice-guy" cattle herding; "deep ecology" as religious cult; Aspen's "Noxious People Board"; BLM law enforcement problems; Whitefish, Mont., and Y2K sneakers.
Heard around the West
Vandals cut down lone tree near Connell, WA; Tom Rodal advertises for wife; wolves eat dogs in Fairbanks, AK; SLC second place in eating Jello; hippies vs. ew bikers in Jerome, AZ; Westword's weird events; Kootenai Co., ID approves nudist resort.
Dear Friends
Y2K, why bother? HCN board meeting and potluck in Las Vegas; new interns Catherine Lutz and Robyn Morrison.
Heard around the West
Souvenirs of "battle in Seattle"; Seattle newspaper spoof; zealots attack wrong plants at WSU; car drives into Sante Fe apartment; Cliff Notes founder endows chair; sexy store mannequins in Salt Lake City; buckled-up Utahns; "Big Pig Gig" in Cincinnati.
Dear Friends
Skipped issue, books by Ruth Mary Lamb and Malcolm Wells; Altair to underwrite Radio High Country News.
Heard around the West
Jesse Ventura and Moonlight BunnyRanch; stupid bank robbers; living in your car; range cowboy Terry Schramm; brazen bike thief in Jackson, Wyo; Jerry Sullivan pursues drunk driver; Jackson, Wyo., Halloween bash; history of medicine; Navy men shoot cows.
Heard around the West
Cherry boom in Asia; controversy over parade shootouts in Idaho; whale radio; sewage blamed for Yosemite rock falls; hunter shoots llama; hunters, cell phones and lions; "disrobe for disarmament" in San Francisco; Wyo. Gov. Geringer defends rich.
Dear Friends
A celebration of Gudy Gaskill, who jumpstarted the building of the Colorado Trail; corrections; adventures of a paddle and its return.
Heard around the West
Cows in tutus; drinking after driving in Wyo.; no snowboarders on Aspen ski slopes; cell phones on Grand Teton; ATMs at USFS campgrounds; greenhouse heated by tires vetoed in Colo.; litter contest on Calif. beach; tent-hating Yellowstone grizzly.
Heard around the West
"Mz. Prairie Dog" pageant in Camas, ID; armed Boy Scouts; lightning strikes elk; poachers sentenced near Craig, CO; moose misbehavior; "Hell House" in Arvada, CO; homophobia in Elk City, ID, church; outfitter survives 200-ft. fall in his Subaru.
Heard around the West
Arizona's "Stupid Motorist Act"; Ara Tripp's electrical power antics in Seattle; contrails or chemtrails?; yellow starthistle infects Colo.; Scott Silver's Wild Wilderness vs. Disney; Aspen home prices; trophy home named after Thoreau; Orem Daily Joural.
Dear Friends
Here come hunters; droppers-in; three cheers for Jared Farmer and Pete McBride; close encounter with a mountain goat; interns Ali Macalady and Karen Mockler.
Fur and loafing
In his new collection, "Fur and Loafing in Yosemite," cartoonist Phil Frank hilariously follows the adventures of dysfunctional rangers, tourists and bears in Yosemite National Park.
Heard around the West
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt has fun at Yellowstone while Bruce Babbitt is grumpy in Maine; Jesse Hendrix feeding hummingbirds; removing killer bees in Tucson; Yodaville, Ariz., vs. the military; Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park turns 100; lightning kills bear in Ore.
Heard around the West
Impotence from meat? Single wolf mom has five cubs; American vs. Tanzanian park mgmt.; Salt Lake mayoral candidate Jim Bradley is blunt; don't kiss rattlesnakes; grizzly attacks cubs in Alaska; Grand Teton's first climbers; phony Calif. loggers.
The river rules a hidden canyon
"The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey" pairs a diary by Ed Abbey with photos by John Blaustein to document a river journey down the Grand Canyon.
Heard around the West
Endangered plane in UT; Mysterious captions and news items; rotting apples in George, Wash.; hog manure in Wheatland, Wyo.; bombs on Gold Dust Peak in Colo.; signs of the times; AZ gov. vs. owls; Margaret Mead and Nazis; Air Force reassigns Ryan Berry.
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