Items by Betsy Marston

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Old-timers can no longer ski for free at Park City; 80-year-old farmer won’t slow down; scary killer bee stories; Alaskan pork; Bluff vs. Pokershare.com; no road to new high school in Tombstone
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"Endangered Feces" T-shirts; troublesome T-shirts on airlines; renaming places in Oregon; outhouse races in Reno; rent-a-cave in Idaho; Parade of Homes vs. Parade of Wealth in Jackson
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Border collie looking for work in Boise; washing machine museum in Colorado; "parasite lost" in Wyoming; big house vs. bigger house in Utah; cyclists vs. goathead thorns in Sacramento; nude cycling in North Portland
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A duck named Gooey; sea lion frat boys; Golden Gate ostrich; new Utah dinosaur; speeding in Montana; downtown living in Salt Lake City
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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
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"Spiral Jetty" returns; "fart science"; the methane-cow question; pigs with personalities; Mustang Ranch is back in business
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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
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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
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Bison-poop paper; dumb and dumber bank robbers; what’s in Lake Powell; thank you, Las Cruces; eagle "grenades" into window in Alaska
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Giant-tire shortage; the rufous hummingbird "red menace"; preparing for death; potato problems; Spokes Spud Mr. Potato Head
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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
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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
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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
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Honor in bar fights; philanthropic roughnecks; salmon vs. sea lions; skunks; cowboy caviar; "Liquid Gold"; slime-mold beetles named for Bush and friends
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Pork and mariachi; Victoria’s Secret vs. trees; Zach Mann vs. Starbucks; poaching preachers; elk poachers get popped; crimes solved in Jackson, Wyo.
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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
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Man vs. lion; skiers vs. avalanche; Ed Bangs and wolves; Utah constitutional amendments; trigger-happy hunter in Montana; annoying off-road VW ads
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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
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Mach schnell, little doggies; California’s troubles; bears vs. hunters; elk vs. tourist; Chevy vs. field mice; how not to die in the desert
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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
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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
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