Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West is a longstanding section in the High Country News print edition 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.

A 100-pound pet tortoise wanders away, and cats are still killing birds.
A 100-pound pet tortoise wanders away, and cats are still killing birds.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.
Terrorized by coyotes, denied a school lunch, and a controversial superbowl ad
A new cowboy reality show, city dwellers encounter peregrine falcons and a snowboarder harasses a moose
Oilfield workers on Facebook, dynamite in a sperm whale, and more.
Oilfield workers on Facebook, dynamite in a sperm whale, and more.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.
A bighorn sheep comes through the window, $500K left in airport change buckets, and more.
A tiny town gets a new name and a coyote joins a 5K race
A tiny town gets a new name and a coyote joins a 5K race
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.
"Bear with me," he said, and meant it
"Bear with me," he said, and meant it
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.
I love guns and coffee
I love guns and coffee
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.
Let’s all fire our machine guns at once!
Let’s all fire our machine guns at once!
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.
Hikers face assorted hazards, bull elk get revenge on hunters, and more
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.
Mountain goats, cats, glampers -- that's short for glamorous campers -- and more
Mountain goats, cats, glampers -- that's short for glamorous campers -- and more
Aggressive mountain goats and more oddities from around the West.
What's the nerdiest roadtrip you can think of?
What's the nerdiest roadtrip you can think of?
News of flash floods, radon huffing and more.
River tubing mishaps and more
River tubing mishaps and more
Heard Around the West for August 19, 2013: river rafting mishaps, retraining drug sniffer dogs, and more.
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.
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