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.

The monkey on art’s back; Bigfoot in Idaho; Tent City’s second life
The monkey on art’s back; Bigfoot in Idaho; Tent City’s second life
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Kill bill; What’s sprouting from Hell’s backbone?; Mojave NIMBY
Kill bill; What’s sprouting from Hell’s backbone?; Mojave NIMBY
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Untethered existences; Tacos in traffic; movin’ on up in Seattle
Untethered existences; Tacos in traffic; movin’ on up in Seattle
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
OR show in CO?; runaway drone; an unexpected backcountry plunge
OR show in CO?; runaway drone; an unexpected backcountry plunge
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Wind swept; Pet lives matter; Moose, over produce
Wind swept; Pet lives matter; Moose, over produce
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Will Big Rec leave Utah?; a heroic rescue; an ambling lynx
Will Big Rec leave Utah?; a heroic rescue; an ambling lynx
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Nature’s disappearing vocabulary; bobcat decoys; setting the “barr” for climate data
Putrid spillage; New Mexico fisticuffs; the year, in quotes
Putrid spillage; New Mexico fisticuffs; the year, in quotes
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Death by hot-potting; turkey intimidation; hunting poachers
Death by hot-potting; turkey intimidation; hunting poachers
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Armed and amorous, women’s pay and rogue bears
Armed and amorous, women’s pay and rogue bears
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The disappearance of Lyle Jeffs, firefighters and threats over an endorsement
Geologic vandalism, the return of the Blob and Glacier’s top dog
Geologic vandalism, the return of the Blob and Glacier’s top dog
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Opening day at the Crow Fair, an accidental Wild West show and a moose miracle
Opening day at the Crow Fair, an accidental Wild West show and a moose miracle
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Badger bandits, rodeo justice and the end of a beloved sidewalk
Badger bandits, rodeo justice and the end of a beloved sidewalk
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The West’s best buy-one-get-one free, leopard on the loose and a fatal moment of thoughtlessness
Canadians’ bad behavior, a cat-lover’s nightmare and gun-toting steeds
Canadians’ bad behavior, a cat-lover’s nightmare and gun-toting steeds
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The Wampus Cats, a Chinese Jackson Hole and a sheriff on the loose
The Wampus Cats, a Chinese Jackson Hole and a sheriff on the loose
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Delinquent goats, a cat murder mystery and rock ‘n roll spiders
Delinquent goats, a cat murder mystery and rock ‘n roll spiders
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Gnome sharpshooting, satanic texts in schools, and coal bonuses
Gnome sharpshooting, satanic texts in schools, and coal bonuses
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Ranger danger, a case of mistaken fish identity and tiny-house dating
Ranger danger, a case of mistaken fish identity and tiny-house dating
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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