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.

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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