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.

No ski for you
After a skier complains, Montana Snowbowl refuses to sell him tickets; wacky words of Arizona politicians
China hearts cowboys
Jackson Hole moves to Asia, and a border security newspaper
Do not sink teeth into animal testicles
Of testosterone-fueled idiots, rule-breaking officials, and laws for a good life
All I want for Christmas is a rifle
Gun photos with Santa, dueling grizzlies
Deer smugglers and avocado thieves
Texans smuggle in big-antlered deer to mix with their herds, an avocado thief; Peruvian sheep terrorists
The joys of 'virtual hiking'
Who needs the outdoors anyway? Also, how to sell your husband
When a bear drives a Prius
Plus a wild wolf encounter and imposter journalism
"Wear a condom now, save the spotted owl"
Human population control for wildlife, and the proud homeless of Moab
Bringing it home, keeping it wild
Offshore jobs return to Idaho; bear-attracting neighbors meet the Lake Tahoe Wall of Shame
Of things falling
RVs and phone books, for example
Guns, wolves, and graves
A politically incorrect gun raffle, a howling wolf hunt, and how to compost yourself
Surfing on a shark
And the manliness of mining
Taking scissors to a dam
And "the hottest event of the year that no one will attend"
Of Segways and stickshifts
Cops in Montana test a new pursuit vehicle. Wyoming carjackers forget how to drive
'Never again'
Wyoming interpretive center opens to promote learning from Japanese internment experience.
Redwoods or red wine?
California wineries hope to log 2,000 acres of redwoods to grow more grapes. Bottle of pinot to go with that clearcut?
Mules matter
A parade goes awry, and snow blocks resupply trains
Child abuse or good old-fashioned fun?
Mutton-busting takes off across the country
Poison plants, attack of the mountain goats
Watch where you pee in Olympic National Park
Bear-fighting poodles and Muslim dust storms
Ferocious animals in Washington state and ferocious xenophobes in Arizona
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