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, Tiffany Midge, with photos and news tips: [email protected].

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.
Baby birds get wood-chipped and draft horses for heavy dude ranchers.
Baby birds get wood-chipped and draft horses for heavy dude ranchers.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Guns are welcome, Idaho poachers, and a popping eyeball.
Guns are welcome, Idaho poachers, and a popping eyeball.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Voting down science education, world’s toughest boss, and bending over backwards for healthcare.
Strange little museums and zoos enliven the region
Strange little museums and zoos enliven the region
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.
Absurdly high rents in North Dakota, feral chihuahuas, and "meth" candy in Albuquerque.
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.
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