Items by Betsy Marston

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.
Dear Friends
HCN wins Wirth Chair award; summer visitors; sharing a lead story with Indian Country Today; odds and ends.
Pat Schroeder: Tougher than Teflon
Recently retired Rep. Pat Schroeder, D-Colo., has written a memoir titled "24 Years of House Work... And the Place is Still a Mess: My Life in Politics."
Heard around the West
Ruth Thomas bicycles across U.S.; dead doe delivers living fawn; toddler lost overnight on Mt. Graham; combines vandalized in Lind, Wash.; indecent exposure in Moscow, Idaho; woman invades men's room; mountain lions stalk kids; Yellowstone grizzly fever.
Dear Friends
Summer visitors; mountain climber Winifred "Freddy" Hubbard at Standford in the 1940s.
Blasting through a cathedral
"Voices from a Sacred Place: In Defense of Petroglyph National Monument," a book edited by Verne Huser, is reviewed, including excerpts.
Ghostly fish swim in Idaho
Artist Gregg Schlanger's temporary exhibit at Redfish Lake, Idaho - "Sockeye Waters, Sockeye Dreams" - draws attention to the plight of native salmon.
Heard around the West
Cars and lightning; dogs, coyotes kill more Mont. livestock than wolves do; farmers' demolition derby in Lind, Wash.; driver bangs up 7 cars in parking; bison bump tourists in Yellowstone; bear trouble in Vail, Colo.; Envirocare engineer is a fraud.
The Wayward West
Wildlife Services budget; Gloria Flora runs Humboldt Toiyabe Nat'l Forest; Yucca Mtn. repository delayed; only 10 American Heritage rivers; Utah wilderness re-inventory ruled OK; Mtn. Bike Assn. won't join Utah Wilderness Coalition; Animas-La Plata Lite.
Heard around the West
Bears break into cars and cabins, attack hikers and skiers; Pamplona-West seeks running of bulls in Mesquite, Nev.; winged fire ants in Texas; restraining livestock; private helicopter in Wilson, Wyo.; Pacific chorus frogs; Islamic Jihad cut Wyo. fences.
The Wayward West
GOP promises to end logging subsidies; Olympic National Park bans jetboats; Forest Service bans climbers' metal bolts in wilderness; some upsets in Colorado's primary politics.
Heard around the West
"Green glow" fades in Northwest; Las Vegas street names and theme parks; containing cows in Mont. and Ore.; "Ranger Rick's" cartoon animals dislike mining; reckless speedboats on Lake Mead; homeless man wants backpack returned; heron shot in Tucson.
Heard Around the West
"Flat-head" tourist questions in Indian museum; Mount Rushmore facelifts; Durango's Pepto-Bismol-pink trophy home; killer hay bales; cops on mountain bikes; Smokey Bear sells cars; Portland sewage boo-boo; water on the moon; timber bosses lament.
The Wayward West
Jim Baca denounces bill that chops Petroglyph Nat'l Monument; Gov. Leavitt picks developers over enviros for water board; two hantavirus fatalities; STENCH fights Colo. hog farms; killer bees in Nev.; USDA will revamp controversial organic standards.
Heard around the West
Jim Furnish; Nev. Test Site tourism; drowning; fighting off a lion in Colo.; Nevada Barr defends lions; Portland, Ore., tries free bike program again; traffic ticket called sexual deviance; snowboarder survives slide; golden parachutes for Pegasus execs.
Dear Friends
Rearranging a crowded office; springtime visitors; Michelle Nijhuis stays, Peter Chilson leaves; working assets grant applied for.
Heard around the West
The latest D.I.A. snafu; naked skiing in Crested Butte; talking T-shirt swears in Denver; Cody Enterprise follows wolves; law enforcement travails in Calif.; cracking down on "sales" in N.M.; protecting Texas graveyards.
Heard around the West
Bears move into Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; cows gorge to death in Wash.; beef cows maligned in Idaho; fighting hog farms in Colo.; hogs stink; PETA tries to save Glacier's fish; April fool stuff; Aspen's woes.
Heard Around the West
Vail snowshoer meets cougar; cougars eat dogs in Nev; grizzlies "unacceptable species" in Idaho county; death-row dogs in Ore.; Denver coyote; Bruce Babbitt missing?; Gov. Racicot meets school kids; pennies from heaven in Utah; expensive Pentagon screws.
Heard around the West
Bears like pepper spray; bear-proof containers; "Rapture" Society; "superworms" not super; Westerners love themselves; fencing Yellowstone; ski the potato; marijuana equals activism.
Heard around the West
El and Al Nino; Sabino Canyon's gun club neighbor; term limits reconsidered; greens lack political clout; Mary Dalton vs. Forest Service; first grader pardoned for candy passing; exploding urinals in D.C.; deer crossing and iceberg lettuce.
Dear Friends
Congratulations to Greg Hanscom and Tara Thomas and others; newsletters galore; mailing list policy.
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