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.

Smokey the Bear gets cuddly
Smokey the Bear gets cuddly
River guide jokes, Smokey the Bear's latest makeover, and more
Is the Rainbow Gathering a natural disaster?
Hot hot weather around the West, forest jihadis, accidental angling, and more
My solar panel is bigger than yours
And more oddities from Heard Around the West
Shooting yourself in the foot--literally
And more oddities from Heard Around the West
Beavers battle oil and gas spills
And more oddities from Heard Around the West.
Have a ponytail? Watch out for owls!
And more oddities from Heard Around the West
The coming Hairpocalypse
And other oddities from Heard Around the West.
A goat walks into a bar...
And other oddities from Heard Around the West
Billionaires for energy conservation
And more oddities from Heard Around the West
Do spoons make you fat?
And more oddities from Heard Around the West
Trading fish for sewage
And other oddities from Heard Around the West
Pot pilgrims
And more oddities from Heard Around the West
Football players and other thugs
And more oddities from Heard Around the West.
Scaredy-cats and dogs
And more oddities from Heard Around the West
Bright bears
And more oddities from Heard around the West
Gun gluttony
And more oddities from Heard around the West
Don't eat the yellow snow
And more oddities from Heard around the West
Tonopah, Nev. and its "Fighting Muckers"
And more oddities from Heard around the West
A twittering elk in Boulder
And more oddities from Heard around the West
Sign-hating Californians
And more oddities from Heard around the West
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