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.

Fire squads in Utah, metaphysical debates in Arizona politics
Fire squads in Utah, metaphysical debates in Arizona politics
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Garden gnomes stolen; shipping container homes for sale
Garden gnomes stolen; shipping container homes for sale
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
$300 fine for tracking mud on streets, dress codes for sheriffs, and more.
$300 fine for tracking mud on streets, dress codes for sheriffs, and more.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Long lost GoPro resurfaces; owl attacks in Oregon
Long lost GoPro resurfaces; owl attacks in Oregon
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Goats at the table, and bobcats on (in) the grill…
Goats at the table, and bobcats on (in) the grill…
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The Cow Liberation Moovement, bear tizzies and more
The Cow Liberation Moovement, bear tizzies and more
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Your best Heard Around the West photos
Your best Heard Around the West photos
Editor picks of readers' weirdest, most amazing images from the past five years.
Grinchosaurus in Utah, an exchange of letters with Wendell Berry and more.
Grinchosaurus in Utah, an exchange of letters with Wendell Berry and more.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Los Angelenos earn money off lawns, an 'extreme walker' and more
Los Angelenos earn money off lawns, an 'extreme walker' and more
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Selfies with bears, a stolen train in Wyoming, a loose bull and more.
Selfies with bears, a stolen train in Wyoming, a loose bull and more.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Sage grouse found walking through Wyoming underpass
Sage grouse found walking through Wyoming underpass
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Pronghorn were shot and left on the side of the road in Wyoming.
Pronghorn were shot and left on the side of the road in Wyoming.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
When a hunter chases his quarry through a Lexus dealership
When a hunter chases his quarry through a Lexus dealership
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Wacky Burning Man antics, a pop-up town and more
Wacky Burning Man antics, a pop-up town and more
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Wildfire and bare-bottom bike riders
Wildfire and bare-bottom bike riders
Mishaps and mayhem from the region.
George Harrison’s tree is killed by beetles, and more
George Harrison’s tree is killed by beetles, and more
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
California water waster fines and condoms from conservationists.
California water waster fines and condoms from conservationists.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
WWII code talkers, cleaning Utah caverns and more
WWII code talkers, cleaning Utah caverns and more
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Hooligans etch on a petroglyph, a cow breaks a natural gas line and a new website helps ranchers navigate drought.
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