Items by Betsy Marston

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.
Dear Friends
HCN's new Web page; summer visitors; a no-no on names; books and more books; George Ochenski correction; MANAS.
Heard around the West
Gay rodeo in Aurora, Colo.; "Sports Afield" goes yuppie; "Twisty Cats"; no joking in Vail; "artificial wilderness experience"; advice in "Earth First!" from "Uncle Ramon"; threatening cowboy poetry at the Utah capitol.
'My response is reasonable'
In his own words, Jon Marvel explains why he thinks his response to public-lands ranching is reasonable.
Heard around the West
Rotting bison skulls in Red Lodge, MT; Werner Zink sells plastic lumber in Coos Bay, OR; BASE jumpers in Lake Powell; hot air in Denver; outlaw bur reed in Home Depot; ranchers' gun fight in Riverton, WY; Salt Lake City outlaws fun; advice from Ed Abbey.
Heard around the West
Bison bailout; busted emu ranchers; dog haiku; bald deer in Wash.; electrocuted bunny revived; Celestial Seasonings quits killing prairie dogs; sack lunches OK in Aspen; grizzlies in Mont.; Aspen no longer priciest; love-crazed turkeys; giant balloons.
Dear Friends
Writer Cate Gilles; radio birdwatcher Scott Shalaway; visitors, corrections, other news.
Heard around the West
Utah state seal; "meltable" use area; Las Vegas water cops; Grand Canyon in Colorado?; "antlermania" in Jackson Hole; N.M. epitaphs; extreme snowmobiler in Wyo.; Bart the bison has new home; Celestial Seasonings vs. prairie dogs.
Heard around the West
Front Sight development in Nev. to have 13 firing ranges; sheepherder fired for unlicensed dog; condor visits airstrips; Fake fish mimics how fish cope with hydropower dams; dogs in pickup controversy in Jackson, Wyo.; bag lunches in Aspen ski resorts.
Heard around the West
Ed Abbey's "enemies"; moose-poop paper; potatoes become upscale vodka in Idaho; sage grouse in love dislike voyeurs; garbage picked up near Lake Mead; Las Vegas' expensive palm trees; proposed new state mottos; gun debate cancelled by Colo. Legislature.
Dear Friends
New HCN Web site designer Chris Wehner; Ed Quillen: "I want my Columbine back"; potluck coming in Helena, Mont.
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