Items by Betsy Marston

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.
Heard around the West
Sewage from the sky; PETA and pita bread; wild animals in Great Britain; Colo. brochure shows illegal dirt-biking in wilderness; "Please bare with us" in Sedona, Ariz.; Pat Shea vs. Washington Post; xenophobia in Oregon; skiers survive Colo. avalanche.
Dear Friends
Robert Amon is legally untangled; HCN's new development associate, Michelle Anton Allen; corrections, congratulations, visitors, lost writers; and Paonia's coal mine controversy.
Heard around the West
Speed limits return to Mont.; chic camouflage; salmon too pooped to procreate; coyote killed by snowmobile in Idaho; prairie dogs are pets in Japan; Dave Barry and DIA; Utah's Burr Trail; bivy sack controversy in "Mountaineers"; hand cannon at gun show.
Heard around the West
No nude skiing at Crested Butte this year; boring Red Delicious apples no longer popular; potholes save wildlife; President Clinton short of cash in Park City; California's avocado cops; cross-country skiers vs. snowshoers.
Dear Friends
Almost fooled by a fax; cold weather drop-ins; name that greaseball; "Letters from a Stranger" and other books.
Heard around the West
Radioactive tumbleweeds at Hanford; reporters on environmentalists; brothel for sale; student newspaper under fire in Salt Lake City; are Vegans a gang in Sandy, Utah?; "truth in slaughtering" labels on furs; stranded on a ski lift; Idaho women in gov't.
Heard around the West
Ferry passengers on Puget Sound; Outdoor Writers Assn. and prairie dogs; "Save the rancher" bumper sticker; sewage euphemisms; Paul Bunyan statue at Idaho school; bearded protester at Salt Lake City mall; Utah's roads need repair; ritzy Yellowstone Club.
Heard around the West
Oldest male grizzly killed in Mont.; $3.6 million teardown near Aspen.; wolves vs. sharks in Jackson Hole; Bats in Belfry, Mont.; dart-pierced duck in Great Falls, MT; PETA vs. McDonalds in Utah school; anti-Olympics license plates; impotence in bikers.
Heard around the West
Small towns; body piercing in Jackson, Wyo.; Y2K vs. KY jelly; Internet letter grants vacation; "bank error" leads to jail; hunters arrested for bear slaughter; good news in Olympic scandal; Las Vegas cop in strip joints; gambling treadmills; skunk odor.
Heard around the West
"Deer Avengers" video game hunts hunters; "New Coke" marketer advises Vail ski executives; skiing and global warming; "ski rage" flares between boarders and skiers; "brain leaks" on slopes; strange but true stories from Denver's Westword; Kennewick Man.
Heard around the West
Salt Lake City swap meet recycles useless gadgetry; "Save-A-Tree" in Oregon; Jimmie Ray Derington arrested for poaching trees in Calif.; breasts are OK in Moscow, Idaho; 17th Annual Kiwanis follies in Jackson, Wyo.; the bard was a birder.
Dear Friends
January HCN board meeting in St. George, Utah; winter wins; corrections.
A brief brilliant life on the river
Book review of "The Doing of the Thing: The Brief Brilliant Whitewater Career of Buzz Holmstrom," by Vince Welch, Brad Dimock and Curt Conley, which chronicles the life of Buzz Holmstrom, who made the first solo trip through Grand Canyon in 1937.
Heard around the West
"Dispersing juvenile" spotted owl; Global Positioning System tracks cows; Climbers blase over wilderness; Nat'l Recreation Reservation Service reserves campsites; plagiarizing poetry in Utah; junk mail; ORVs in the university; Coca-Cola in Colo. schools.
Dear Friends
Congratulations to Earle A. Chiles and Blue Valley Ranch Award winners; corrections.
Heard Around the West
Two-headed deer in Montana; Jimsonweed trouble in Utah; Ursus Mark VII bear-proof suit; porcupine poetic justice; radioactive insects at Hanford; dinosaurs at Grand Staircase.
Dear Friends
First snow; Michael Berman's photo exhibition; fall visitors; HCN honored by Wirth Chair in Denver; Marlene Zanetell and "junkyard dogs."
Heard around the West
Death Valley Health Center; dogs' power bones; house paint in South Gate, CA; volcano/sewage buildup in Yellowstone; tracking privies of Lewis & Clark; poacher gives self away; "Wash. biol. serv."; Colo. candidate Jack Woehr; no fall color in Northeast.
Dear Friends
HCN adopts a highway; dead bears next door and other odds and ends; late fall visitors.
Heard around the West
Bats R Us; guard llama dies on duty; words from Idaho State Land Board member Anne Fox; cloning dogs; Colorado pig farmers debate; road to run through Idaho house; football team nabs drunk driver.
Dear Friends
Photographer Paul Bousquet visits; Ted Turner speaks to Society of Environmental Journalists; Margaret Ray's tragedy.
Heard around the West
Elvis the pig; bears eating out in Aspen, Colo., and Whitefish, Mont.; grizzly victim not mad; Chocolate the Glacier Grizzly, a children's book heroine, kills a man; bear vs. hunter over elk meat; dog lovers protest dog rules; dogs are lousy drivers.
Prisoners for hire
A new magazine called "ColorLines" takes a harsh look at the "prison-industrial complex."
Heard around the West
Nevada's "shoe tree"; Yellowstone geysers wake up; "mountain loin" roams Bozeman; train whistle irks new Winter Park, Colo., residents; battle of bathrooms, continued; Taos, N.M., art association raffles off land.
Dear friends
Hunting season; intern Stanley Yung; corrections and emendations.
Heard around the West
Bart the Buffalo runs wild in Tucson; too many prisons; bicyclist bumped by bruin in Glacier; condors visit Colorado; "toad patrol" rescues toads on highways.
Dear Friends
Visitors; photographer Chris Montgomery; readers' survey response.
Heard around the West
Ed Abbey's truck; rock art vandalism; mountain lion mauling in Missoula; emus run wild in Ore.; rancher vs. developer in Teton County, Idaho; killer bees in Bisbee; teenage girl vs. polygamy in Utah; felonious logging in Jackson; huge dollar sign in Ore.
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