Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West is a longstanding High Country News column that captures obscure and absurd tidbits and stories from around the region. Email the editor of Heard, Betsy Marston, with photos and news tips: betsym at hcn.org.

Tired and inspired; wild new world; signs everywhere
Tired and inspired; wild new world; signs everywhere
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Multipurpose microbes; therapeutic cows; a liberal’s passing
Multipurpose microbes; therapeutic cows; a liberal’s passing
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Offensive Montanans; a stubborn turkey; landlubber remembrance
Offensive Montanans; a stubborn turkey; landlubber remembrance
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Invocation perseverance; prolific Griz 399; errant GPS
Invocation perseverance; prolific Griz 399; errant GPS
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Maskless in Montana; stuck in a rut; hot pronghorn
Maskless in Montana; stuck in a rut; hot pronghorn
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
App astray; mockingbirds avenged; junk shot
App astray; mockingbirds avenged; junk shot
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Gone bitten; Target moms; celery phones
Gone bitten; Target moms; celery phones
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Teenage wolves; petticoat rulers; Alaska’s permissive hunting
Teenage wolves; petticoat rulers; Alaska’s permissive hunting
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Helicopter wild; five drives; isolation tips
Helicopter wild; five drives; isolation tips
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
COVID hollars; Gok’s uncertainty; best friend graffiti
COVID hollars; Gok’s uncertainty; best friend graffiti
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Scraping bottom; underwhelmed by parks; bulldozed saguaros
Scraping bottom; underwhelmed by parks; bulldozed saguaros
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Sloppy scavengers; dashing javelina; moose trappings
Sloppy scavengers; dashing javelina; moose trappings
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Deer dinner; tree dates; boulder dimensions
Deer dinner; tree dates; boulder dimensions
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Utah’s condoms; border blown; Cluck the cat
Utah’s condoms; border blown; Cluck the cat
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Tumbleweed mayhem; maggot farmers; cowboy shrimp
Tumbleweed mayhem; maggot farmers; cowboy shrimp
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
A sleepy bear; historic trash; meth awareness
A sleepy bear; historic trash; meth awareness
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The penetrable wall; baffling thievery; unretiring outdoors
The penetrable wall; baffling thievery; unretiring outdoors
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Slow-speed chase; intrepid coyotes; bear boxing
Slow-speed chase; intrepid coyotes; bear boxing
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Support beehives; fecal time bombs; super-tough roundworms
Support beehives; fecal time bombs; super-tough roundworms
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Skoolies; preservation vs. profit; forest therapy
Skoolies; preservation vs. profit; forest therapy
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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