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.

Food and poetry
Mark Bittman hearts Wendell Berry
Don't panic when removing fishooks and leeches
Survival tips, and wolf-hunting mountain lions
Wearing hummingbirds
The lengths bird watchers go to, and yes, Arizona is still crazy
Sea lion squatters in So-Cal
They're not as cute as they first seem; animal crimes
Rattlesnakes in Walmarts, deer in malls
Also, national forests are ready for terrorists
The Forest Service hearts explosives
Don't turn your back on a billy goat, either
Hot hot Arizona, stubborn obituaries
Also, bear and mountain lion encounters
How to dispose of frozen cows
It's harder than you think; plus transforming the seedy side of Las Vegas
Library-loving geese intimidate kids
Kind billboards and locals forgoing cash for mineral rights
Making roads out of toilets
Impatient drivers get comeuppance; livestock larceny
Don't shoot that grizzly; she's combing her hair
Vain bears and lawbreaking sheriffs
A farewell to Montana's grand madam
A local icon dies; the Dakotas both beckon and push away
Falcon fear factor
Peregrines v. seagulls, Beaver v. beaver
Montana's hard core school bus drivers
Grand Junction, Colo. loves controversy; driving buses in wild weather
Exploding hog farms and mysterious missing birds
Calling 911 when Walmart is closed gets you a ride to the wrong place
Black bears named "Blue," pink Chinese dust
Pollution from Beijing could encourage Sierra snowpack
Hollywood turns wolves into man-killers
Movie makers hurt the cause of wolves; Las Vegas cabbies take prisoners for tips
Winning the wildfire jackpot
D.C. officials place bets on how many acres will burn; the car chase of his dreams
Ready-made solar houses
Homes built to generate electricity, stopping Salt Lake sprawl, the drug game
The warming properties of greenbacks
A lost snowshoer survives by burning bills; flirting in Fargo
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