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
Aspen not very sympathetic to Kenneth Lay; spuds in the news; postal pheasant dies; pigs fly in N.M. Legislature; flaming, flying cow pies; Dave Barry in North Dakota; Wyo. Sen. Bob Peck blames women for not earning more money.
Heard around the West
Gas masks at Yellowstone; don't say "New Jersey"; thrifty woman fends off bank robber; California water absurdities; unintentionally funny headlines; sand-skiing; Albee or Abbey?; Damien Hirst's "art" accidentally tidied away.
Heard around the West
Guns a-plenty in Utah; dangerous tweezers; diplomatic liquor flows into Utah, along with ambitious hookers; Salt Lake hikes up rents; Colorado's reborn "Mountain Gazette"; tumbleweed problems in eastern Washington.
Heard around the West
Shipping bee queens; red whine and the gnome project; Area 51 guards on strike; nicer employers in Mexico; Las Vegas showgirls wear even less; mnemonic for Grand Canyon geology; plane spotters unpopular; Utah subs for Mars.
Heard around the West
Milk is cool in Idaho; cheese artiste Cosimo Cavallaro's Powell, Wyo., project; suspect caught in manure; disappearing N.M.; Utah photographer Michael Fatali sets fires under Delicate Arch; expensive Aspen babysitting; bear-feeder's car fed on by bears.
Heard around the West
Doctor sells his strip clubs; it's still hard to dance in Utah; moose vs. swingset; high country nudes in Vail fund raiser; bigfoot sightings; California teenager buys controversial cattle impounded in Nevada.
Heard around the West
Troublesome book makes it hard to get on an airplane; helicopter snack flight in Albuquerque; pig judge sounds off; Dutch oven is Utah's Official Cooking Pot; square watermelons from Japan; honeymoon domestic abuse; journalists have lost flair.
Heard around the West
Defining "organic" salmon; "honest city manager" raises ruckus in Central City, Colo.; champion squash in Harrisburg, Ore.; suggested names for Wal-Mart wine; Olympic rings to light up Salt Lake City.
Heard around the West
Living with bears and coyotes; small-town police blotters; Idaho Rep. Butch Otter's Web site to keep eye on greens; Klamath Basin "Sucker Beer"; "Polygamy Porter"; lazy duck hunters; Vegas' faux New York never included World Trade Center towers.
Heard around the West
Naked statue offends; sexy Olympic skaters; gender-based shopping cart behavior; bugs bug windmills; Colo. Gov. goes to pot; gay/lesbian group not welcome to adopt S.D. highway; Seattle residents line up for toilets; don't run from cougars.
Heard around the West
Fish falls on firefighter; Seattle mansions; drag queens in Idaho Falls; Maroon Bells restroom gets makeover; Albuquerque Mayor Jim Baca vs. opponent's hairdo; Denver Jack-O-Launching; how not to respond to a DUI; Fresno landfill not historic landmark.
Heard around the West
How we resemble black bears; reptile thieves; dove nests in semi-trailer; robotic milker demonstrated; Utah loosens drinking laws; Salt Lake City bus driver changes name to Santa Claus; Allard listens to Cortez, CO; "Cody Coyote" newspaper spoof previews.
Heard around the West
Boy Scouts vandalize dinosaur tracks; escaping Ore. bison; power plant workers camp in Las Animas, CO; James Dean loses cigarette in Utah; ORVer defends his destruction; Idaho Rep. Otter pays Clean Water fine; Wyoming has most cars per household.
Heard around the West
Animatronic Smokey Bear; snowmobiler drowns; "pet eating" contest; Park City, Utah, police blotter; Sandra Echols shuts off her electricity; "monopine" in Carson City; deer crashes through Butte, Mont., auto showroom; nuclear missile nostalgic.
Heard around the West
Mark Russell gets laughs in Cody, Wyo.; Taking "north" out of N.D.; N.M. Gov. Gary Johnson flushed down toilet; Reagan on Rushmore?; "squaw" name eliminated in Idaho; wacky summer ideas; L.A. bear in backyard pool; Bush and energy subsidies.
Heard around the West
Battery-powered mowers; Idaho potato forgery; "Twin Peaks" vs. "Rattlesnake Ridge" school in Ariz; Black Hawk levels mountain for casino; funeral-planning seminars; video game on WTO protests; Casper, Wyo., renaming Wyo. high school after Dick Cheney.
Heard around the West
Redi Kilowatt speaks out for energy conservation; satire lists Cheney's tips for conservation; losing library books; Rattlesnake Roundup in Alamogordo, N.M.; fun puns; N.M. State Police vs. suspicious truck.
Heard around the West
James Watt basking in nostalgia; California's energy woes; Bill Gates is a water hog; Army's new environmentally friendly bullet; Bush confuses Americans; Berkeley Pit has bugs; a beef in McDonalds' fries.
Heard around the West
Smokey Bear's new life as a controlled-burn advocate; Joseph, Ore., vs. pink pig-shaped barbecue; Californians fight back; California road rage and gender dysphoria; Seattle carpooling via Internet; ferret-lover vs. Aurora, Colo.
Heard around the West
Naming Larry Craig's dog; Alaskan dog-owners beware; Anchorage guy shoots ravens; tumbleweeds spread nuclear contamination; cooking chicken in Yellowstone's hot pots; condor lays eggs; mailing May in 1914.
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