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.

Drugged up fishes, Bundy’s feral cattle, and a how-to for cannibalism
Drugged up fishes, Bundy’s feral cattle, and a how-to for cannibalism
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Irreverent newspaper writers and easy-peasy science
Irreverent newspaper writers and easy-peasy science
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
A wolf in elk’s clothing?
A wolf in elk’s clothing?
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The exotic dancing boom in North Dakota goes bust
The exotic dancing boom in North Dakota goes bust
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region
Taking down feline marauders and surviving “feral” landscapes
Taking down feline marauders and surviving “feral” landscapes
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Pet the nipping pup and hide your newcomer roots: tips from a failed campaign.
Pet the nipping pup and hide your newcomer roots: tips from a failed campaign.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Gun-toting toddlers in the desert and drunk Brits in the Grand Canyon
Gun-toting toddlers in the desert and drunk Brits in the Grand Canyon
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The "perfect wolf" and the cognitive complexity of crows
The "perfect wolf" and the cognitive complexity of crows
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Saluting a salamander and surviving an unexpected windfall
Saluting a salamander and surviving an unexpected windfall
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
A friend to crows, a foe of climate change and a scourge on man buns.
A friend to crows, a foe of climate change and a scourge on man buns.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Battle-ready dogs, badly behaved dogs and one pup hardened by an encounter with the wilderness.
The myriad ways the natural world disappoints, delights and destroys.
The myriad ways the natural world disappoints, delights and destroys.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Bounty hunters swarm Phoenix police chief, gradeschoolers make imposter sage grouse and watchers await the ‘corpse flower.’
A biker starts a fire and tourists still underestimate bison.
A biker starts a fire and tourists still underestimate bison.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
A conservative takes Bundy to task, treasure hunters get trapped and a fool meets a rattlesnake.
Drought-driven water thieves, Brahma bulls and pine beagles.
Drought-driven water thieves, Brahma bulls and pine beagles.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Durango bear attack, a driver swerves to avoid bees in Montana, Tucson wins worst streets award and more.
Big cat cruelty in Utah and the first recorded California condor in New Mexico
A prom request painted on BLM land, a Nevada brothel, and more.
A prom request painted on BLM land, a Nevada brothel, and more.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Banned books, a punk pastor and a mischievous art project
Banned books, a punk pastor and a mischievous art project
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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