Items by Betsy Marston

Dear Friends
A celebration of Gudy Gaskill, who jumpstarted the building of the Colorado Trail; corrections; adventures of a paddle and its return.
Heard around the West
Cows in tutus; drinking after driving in Wyo.; no snowboarders on Aspen ski slopes; cell phones on Grand Teton; ATMs at USFS campgrounds; greenhouse heated by tires vetoed in Colo.; litter contest on Calif. beach; tent-hating Yellowstone grizzly.
Heard around the West
"Mz. Prairie Dog" pageant in Camas, ID; armed Boy Scouts; lightning strikes elk; poachers sentenced near Craig, CO; moose misbehavior; "Hell House" in Arvada, CO; homophobia in Elk City, ID, church; outfitter survives 200-ft. fall in his Subaru.
Heard around the West
Arizona's "Stupid Motorist Act"; Ara Tripp's electrical power antics in Seattle; contrails or chemtrails?; yellow starthistle infects Colo.; Scott Silver's Wild Wilderness vs. Disney; Aspen home prices; trophy home named after Thoreau; Orem Daily Joural.
Dear Friends
Here come hunters; droppers-in; three cheers for Jared Farmer and Pete McBride; close encounter with a mountain goat; interns Ali Macalady and Karen Mockler.
Fur and loafing
In his new collection, "Fur and Loafing in Yosemite," cartoonist Phil Frank hilariously follows the adventures of dysfunctional rangers, tourists and bears in Yosemite National Park.
Heard around the West
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt has fun at Yellowstone while Bruce Babbitt is grumpy in Maine; Jesse Hendrix feeding hummingbirds; removing killer bees in Tucson; Yodaville, Ariz., vs. the military; Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park turns 100; lightning kills bear in Ore.
Heard around the West
Impotence from meat? Single wolf mom has five cubs; American vs. Tanzanian park mgmt.; Salt Lake mayoral candidate Jim Bradley is blunt; don't kiss rattlesnakes; grizzly attacks cubs in Alaska; Grand Teton's first climbers; phony Calif. loggers.
The river rules a hidden canyon
"The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey" pairs a diary by Ed Abbey with photos by John Blaustein to document a river journey down the Grand Canyon.
Heard around the West
Endangered plane in UT; Mysterious captions and news items; rotting apples in George, Wash.; hog manure in Wheatland, Wyo.; bombs on Gold Dust Peak in Colo.; signs of the times; AZ gov. vs. owls; Margaret Mead and Nazis; Air Force reassigns Ryan Berry.
Dear Friends
HCN's new Web page; summer visitors; a no-no on names; books and more books; George Ochenski correction; MANAS.
Heard around the West
Gay rodeo in Aurora, Colo.; "Sports Afield" goes yuppie; "Twisty Cats"; no joking in Vail; "artificial wilderness experience"; advice in "Earth First!" from "Uncle Ramon"; threatening cowboy poetry at the Utah capitol.
'My response is reasonable'
In his own words, Jon Marvel explains why he thinks his response to public-lands ranching is reasonable.
Heard around the West
Rotting bison skulls in Red Lodge, MT; Werner Zink sells plastic lumber in Coos Bay, OR; BASE jumpers in Lake Powell; hot air in Denver; outlaw bur reed in Home Depot; ranchers' gun fight in Riverton, WY; Salt Lake City outlaws fun; advice from Ed Abbey.
Heard around the West
Bison bailout; busted emu ranchers; dog haiku; bald deer in Wash.; electrocuted bunny revived; Celestial Seasonings quits killing prairie dogs; sack lunches OK in Aspen; grizzlies in Mont.; Aspen no longer priciest; love-crazed turkeys; giant balloons.
Dear Friends
Writer Cate Gilles; radio birdwatcher Scott Shalaway; visitors, corrections, other news.
Heard around the West
Utah state seal; "meltable" use area; Las Vegas water cops; Grand Canyon in Colorado?; "antlermania" in Jackson Hole; N.M. epitaphs; extreme snowmobiler in Wyo.; Bart the bison has new home; Celestial Seasonings vs. prairie dogs.
Heard around the West
Front Sight development in Nev. to have 13 firing ranges; sheepherder fired for unlicensed dog; condor visits airstrips; Fake fish mimics how fish cope with hydropower dams; dogs in pickup controversy in Jackson, Wyo.; bag lunches in Aspen ski resorts.
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.
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