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.

Heard around the West
Wandering sea lion; off-roading over geysers; Blizzard of 1049; Wyoming’s got money; bowling for meteorites; Lake Mead is shrinking; and controversial books at the public library
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Hot tubs vs. wilderness; Grand Junction, Colo., vs. new logo; teenager survives spectacular snowmobile smash; Michael Jackson in Wal-mart; "For Christ’s sake go vegetarian"; and weakest excuse for speeding
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Nevada’s getting big; urbanite hunters and the NRA; knapweed-sniffing dog; His Royal Highness goes skiing in Jackson Hole; blatant bellybuttons at BYU; Astrolawn in California; reindeer meat
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Utahns vs. moose; mad cow jokes; missile-site home for sale; Rancho Costa Nada; famous trials of lurid cases, like Scott Peterson and Kobe Bryant, don’t always bring money to the towns that host them
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Lonely Democrats in the West; antlers vs. hammocks; suburban bighorns; farting fish; fish on Prozac; Idaho potato vodka; and "6FU" Road
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Cloning trophy bucks; glove kills polar bear; Grand Tetons in Colorado?; potato chip bombs; Monticello, Utah’s "citizens of the year"; rural Wyoming in The New York Times; Bureau of Penis Enlargement?; Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal is humble; and mother c
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Fat bears; La Verkin welcomes U.N.; Boise, Utah; scratch ‘n’ sniff for rural newcomers; pronghorn vs. antelope; clear-thinking kids thwart crazy bus driver; and global warming is good for wine
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Circumcised elk; grizzly bear highway deaths; recycling fraud in California; money talks at Copper Mountain; newspaper bloopers; crime waves in Cortez, Colo
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Mountain lion kittens in trouble; Despair, Inc.; escaping buffalo in Great Falls; high country nudes in Issaquah; and Boo Boo Blodgett wins the Rez Car Parade
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Concealed weapons in Utah schools; fun with Dick Cheney outdoors; "mouse-to-mouse resuscitation" in Colorado; stress and burnout among wolves; and bear mugs women in Montana
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Seabiscuit moves to Colorado; black bear vs. David Letterman; Hanford’s radioactive wasp nests; Helen Thomas vs. Brigham Young University; BLM ranger Dick Godwin vs. desert junk and shot-up appliances
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Desert residents vs. desert sand; really overdue library books; Ken Lay’s Aspen real estate woes; sage grouse vs. jets in Wyoming; "emergency phone" calls in North Dakota; gardener named Gardener vs. Laramie, Wyo.; and Oregon driver vs. bee
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Trouble at Burning Man; take your prostate to the County Fair; spotted knapweed kills its rivals; what happens to "liberated" mink; what to do when a bear attacks you; exploding pigs; "scratch ‘n’ sniff" for city folks
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What would Jesus – or Jesus Rivera – drive?; driving a "Tango;" cross-dressing in the Old West; nasty amoebas in Yellowstone’s hot pools; boom-bust in Colorado ski country; state fairs worry over lamb-tail removal
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Boy Scouts with hatchets and heavy equipment; vanishing Lake Powell; speaking ill of the dead in New Mexico; Forest Service suspends supervisors for centerfold displays; suspicious of the Declaration of Independence in Flagstaff; and a Montana stoic adapt
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Sen. Larry Craig plays petty politics with the Air Force; robbery in Aspen; Phoenix is too darn hot; Idaho newspaper takes on fee demo program; Montana anglers take on Huey Lewis; and chickens slaughtered in California wood chipper
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Plants vs. terrorists; "Bovolexia"; Sierra Club brand products; rancher vs. Forest Service over water for firefighting; California vs. undisciplined bladders; and both enviros and conservatives rap Bush on environment
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Orange County, Calif., is running out of building room; Arizona man says, "Cage cattle, not people;" "Provider Pals" program wants Montana schoolkids to "adopt" loggers and miners; endangered Bigfoot; DNA catches rustler; arguing about prairie dogs in Gra
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Spell-check turns drought to thought; space shuttle science project survives; wild horses having too many babies; joke press release; Silver City, N.M., trims own salary; someone in Basalt, Colo., takes on Humvees; and state lawmakers lease cars in Califo
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California Anti-Terrorism Information Center is scary; polite police in Santa Fe; spotted owl babies in Oregon; Who is Karl Rove?; ice cream but no spoons; cooking fire burns pot on border; and "Sex Abstinence Week," more or less
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