Items by Betsy Marston

Battle of the bag bans
Wealthy Colorado towns race to eliminate disposable bags.
Drivers with attitudes
Bumper stickers may correlate with road rage.
Moe's great escape
A pet chimpanzee makes a break for freedom.
Add Mormon flare to your closet
Polygamous wives sew a new future.
Snarling from the front seat
Oregon drivers vent and reminisce with gas jockeys.
Heard Around the West
Touring a brothel for college credit; Sherpas in Salt Lake City; one hot cat in Washington; bikers vs. drivers in Larimer County, Colo.
Heard Around the West
Biodiesel pirates; dinosaur bones for sale; archaeological developments; hot weather and cool bankrobbers; what to do with a big dead moose.
Heard Around the West
The boatmen’s quarterly review revisits the wet spring of 1983 and the terrifying whitewater the rafters encountered deep in the Grand Canyon; “Smart fortwo” car coming to town; the wit & wisdom of Ted Turner.
Heard Around the West
John Slemp takes the ride of his life, into a volcano; Douglas Bruce strikes again; cow-pie tossing and other delights; imposter dog?; “jingle mail”; and “virtual” border fence is a botched-up bust.
Heard Around the West
A field guide to obnoxious housing; April Fool’s in Aspen; Ruby the turkey vulture; how to curb immigration; and please, baby boomers, don’t all retire at once!
Heard Around the West
No smoking onstage in Colorado; a really rotten trick; wheat field in the Big Apple; it’s hard to charge a dead man with a crime; Brian Schweitzer and Montana just say no to Homeland Security.
Dear friends
Ray Ring wins another award; visitors; Lynne Bama’s new book of poetry and photographs, Yellowstone Rising; and Paonia’s Mary Bear Volk celebrates 99 years.
Heard Around the West
Spring is around the corner, even in Wyoming; toilet-to-tap without a “yuck” in Orange County; Utah lawmakers say the craziest things; how nonprofits deal with stress; pink poodle kerfluffle in Boulder; and pterodactyls in Washington.
Heard Around the West
Utah Republican Chris Buttars just doesn’t know how to talk to “those people”; stupid poachers in pickup trucks; earliest recording of “Howl” discovered; more guns in schools – and national parks; and great rental deal in Logan, Utah.
Heard Around the West
Karen Claver delivers the mail in remote, rural northern Montana; The Duane B. Hagadone Heliport Blues; neighbor vs. neighbor over Arizona “pop-ups”; and New York’s famous Moondance Diner moves to Wyoming, blizzards and all.
Heard Around the West
Jackson Hole needs a brand-new slogan; trees vs. solar power in environmentalist California; trees vs. the view in Lake Tahoe; Arizona’s “extreme commuters”; drunk driver protects his beer; Barry McCahill loves SUVs even though he doesn’t drive one.
Heard around the West
Jim Stiles asks about perfect moments; rent-a-pet; Douglas Bruce behaves like a jerk; Forest Service meeting gets nasty in Montana.
Heard Around the West
Remembering Beverly Allen, an 80-something showgirl; nation’s largest Sitka spruce dies; all religions are weird to non-believers; Ted Turner vs. Nebraska; the benefits of being a resort town; growing pains in the West.
Heard Around the West
Arborcide outside Las Vegas; repossessing a family; Merry Christmoose in Alaska; interior earthworks in New York; snowplowing on Red Mountain Pass.
Heard Around the West
Bicyclists under attack in Seattle; cleaning up oil with human hair; underwater mushrooms; cows flee McDonald’s; Dalton Trumbo gets a statue; Bad Ass Coffee.
Heard Around the West
Lucky the elk was not so lucky; unhealthy health treats; little kid literally drives folks crazy; 90-year-old volunteer finally retires; stories about heat raise temperatures; Tahoe’s bear troubles.
Heard Around the West
The Long Arm of the Law hits Western yards; un-damming a Montana waterway; a modern-day farmer’s daughter; clueless CEOs; smart moose.
Heard Around the West
Counseling councilmen; a very virtual “virtual” fence; Arizona vs. college students; trapped in a CT scan; trophy land; smelling like a dog; paying taxes with skis.
Heard Around the West
Glen Canyon Dam’s image problem; riding the SLUT; coal-train pit crews; regulating a very peculiar hallucinogenic plant; poison ivy loves global warming; humongous fungus in Oregon.
Heard Around the West
Flying fish in Colorado; bears are such slobs; berserk llamas and bad-tempered snakes; poachers behaving badly in New Mexico; your opinion on snowmobiles doesn’t matter; brothels and babies don’t mix; fishing with rat glue in Oregon.
Heard Around the West
“Glamping” – or glamorous camping, complete with butlers; aerotrekking in Arizona; tiny houses; snake bite hobbles beauty contestant.
Heard Around the West
Disguising cellphone towers as palm trees; winery etiquette; driving drunk and outspoken in New Mexico; Idiots with guns; fat fish; stupid attorney tricks
Heard around the West
Stonefridge has fallen; passports for Hutterites; 8-year-old terrorists?; railroad safety, sort of; stinky orchids; bare bikers busted in Seattle
Dear friends
Party with Mark Udall in Snowmass; visitors; a cone by any other name
Heard Around the West
Who stops for pedestrians?; rude coyotes in Phoenix; Starbucks in Saudi Arabia; America’s public-lands birthright – NOT; bear-(and human)-resistant Dumpsters in Vail
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