Items by Betsy Marston

Heard around the West
Bears on the ski runs; free land in Alaska; DNA cousins; train versus buffalo in South Dakota; good news, bad news about the weather; digging out of the snow near Ouray.
Heard Around the West
Squirrels vs. Santa Monica; Baby goes to rehab; crows and carriers; Maricopa County is booming big-time; Julie MacDonald vs. the Interior Department; boat horns vs. coyotes in Oxnard.
Heard Around the West
Reckless unicorns; dogs and kids will stay in those truck beds; calling Jesus in Idaho; Stardust reduced to dust; can’t afford to live in Seattle; moose takes on helicopter in Alaska.
Heard around the West
Something’s fishy in California; dolphins do Rambo; big bad wolf wasn’t wild; conspicuous consumption in Boulder; déjà vu all over again in Interior Department; ski bum is dead, long live ski bums; not everything stays in Vegas.
Heard around the West
Gail Kimbell and the vanishing Forest Service budget; not saying the Pledge in Mesa, Ariz.; racing old beaters in California; talkative men’s rooms; saying it (the Miranda warning, that is) with flowers.
Heard around the West
Remembering Molly Ivins; cactuses beat caucuses in Utah; picking up butts on the California coast; rats in the toilet; deer hunting on the fairway.
Heard around the West
Plumber vs. golfers in Soap Lake, Wash.; Welcome to Wyoming; don’t mess with mamma coyote; no intelligent life on Earth; amusing headlines; yummy hospital food?
Heard around the West
Do-it-yourself ski areas; “ecosexuals”; “prescription dog” comes home; Utah’s Radium Stadium; illegal immigrants build fence to keep themselves out; it’s a long way from Sydney, Australia, to Sidney, Mont.
Heard around the West
Is it a grolarbear or a pizzly?; garage doors vs. homeland security; hermaphrodite deer; Park Service fees; the drilling rig next door; school buses become billboards in Colorado
Heard around the West
True-blue Montana libertarian Stan Jones; neighbors helping neighbors steal cars in Arizona; "vanishing culture" vampires; only one flag allowed in Pahrump, Nev.; tampering with food in New Mexico; and the Forest Service is bipolar
Heard around the West
Naked Frivolity in Boulder; Maverick Gaudreau celebrates 80 years in Grand Canyon; Agoura Hills, Calif., day laborers; "Metronatural" in Seattle; driven to crime in fancy cars
Heard around the West
Worms at work; stupid hunter tricks; fighting starlings with falcons; cemetery soccer; Schweitzer’s dang-tootin’; Mount Rushmoo
Heard around the West
Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?; remembering (not always kindly) Helen Chenoweth-Hage; guilt-trips and voting; extreme fried food
Heard around the West
Guardsmen gone wild in Texas; humorous headlines; who wouldn’t love a giant fragrant pink earthworm; fixer-upper furnished with snakes; hit-and-run ATVs in Colorado; and extreme commuters in Portland
Dottie Fox, one of the greatest old broads
Dottie Fox, a tireless wilderness advocate and co-founder of the group Great Old Broads for Wilderness, dies after a long fight with cancer
Heard around the West
Bunker home for sale; Utah FastPass spins out; zinfandel loses in California; fear of snakes in Mapleton, Utah; Redi Ripe fruit stickers; fighting tamarisk in California
Heard around the West
Pretending to be an illegal immigrant; Olympia’s gangsta raccoons; advice on selling Bibles door-to-door; peculiar – and pricey – ads in Colorado; Snakes on the Ground are scaring folks in Arizona.
Heard around the West
Dirk Kempthorne and luxury RVs; The Farmer Wants a Wife, maybe; no rules (or bras) at Sturgis; look before you pee; hard-working Washington pot-growers; Arizona’s biggest marijuana farm; with defense lawyers like this one, who needs a prosecutor?; and big bird with a bad grip
Heard around the West
Nevada’s toad boom; Utah piranha; roadkill CPR; Donald Rumsfeld vs. Navajo Marine; super-rich lay claim to Montana waterway
Heard around the West
Lake Powell is draining itself; Geraldine Perkins’ New Mexico gossip column; a really hungry – and thirsty – bear cub; mammals on the grille; python vs. electric blanket; 911 is not a dating service
Heard around the West
"Pit bulls with flippers" in Newport Beach; mountain lion problems; Lewis the Cat; don’t try this on the highway; Fighting Sioux fight for sports team name
Heard around the West
Cell phone rudeness; Boy Scouts East & West; cockroach fashion accessories; bra-shopping with "the girls"; Black Gold Cattle Company Testicle Festival
Heard around the West
Running shoes for immigrants; farming fun; Red Delicious apples weren’t; Utah’s only archaeology cop; Fiasco’s Mexican Grill; Codes of the West for urban newcomers
Heard around the West
The strangest town in America; wolf vs. elk vs. anti-wolf fanatic; commuting without tears in Portland; tractor gas; energy boom humor; shooting coyotes from flying ATVs
Heard around the West
What makes Mormon crickets run; Cactus Rescue Crew; tree murder; Dick Cheney shoot-alike; gun dealers in the West; Dakota Sioux Scrabble
Heard around the West
Composting roadkill in Montana; Army mules for Afghanistan in Wyoming; obsolete Earth First! Bumper stickers; 100-year-old retiree dies; Butte’s new tourist attraction is a pit
Heard around the West
Driving a little too far off-road in California; HOV Lane is not for dummies; scrap metal thieves get creative; dream home turns nightmare; St. George, Utah, gets expensive; military recruiters get desperate
Dear friends
Matt Jenkins leaves the HCN office to become California-Great Basin correspondent; Western Slope Environmental Resource Conference and North Fork River Improvement Association hold annual meetings; visitors; "secretary" Bruce Babbitt
Heard around the West
San Francisco puts dog poop to work; stupid motorists’ tricks; warning to Mr. Cheney; Vogue tackles global warming; Alaska retools its image
Heard around the West
Sex-change doctor dies; rainy wit from Oregon; "Meth Made Easy" makes newspaper’s life hard; world’s biggest solar project slated for Nevada; GPS locates bank robbers
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