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
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.
Heard around the West
Moab and "The Vagina Monologues"; "squaw" and its English equivalent in Idaho; Unimogs are new ultimate behemoths; motorized scooters new trend.
Heard around the West
Fancy toilets of "green built" resort; California vs. Washington; Lewis & Clark and Jet Skis; Winnebagos and floating condos; Michael Tomlinson vs. applicances; Berkeley, Calif., honors "companion animals."
Heard around the West
Deer vs. trampoline; wild turkey vs. mailman; Wilderness Society vs. Gale Norton's parents; hints for contacting legislators; cheesy art comes to Powell, Wyo.; Utah Legislature vs. hate-crimes bill.
Heard around the West
Sacajawea and York honored at last; wind farm on Nev. Test Site; 60 years stealing electricity; housing prices, traffic woes in N. Calif.; houses in Jackson Hole; drivers can't drink in Wyo.; parking ticket scofflaws in Denver; Utah atheists on war path.
Heard around the West
California; Vail's Lawn Chair Team, Idaho's Red Hot Mamas; Jackson Hole house prices; conservatives vs. Colo. Springs Independent; Utah store owner censors movies; Utah's "porn czarina"; Kane County Sheriff claims roads; Nevada's Legislature.
Heard around the West
Arcata, Calif., "eco-house"; metal pink pig in Joseph, Ore., gets the boot; tidying up utility poles in Portland, Ore.; fancy fruit gift boxes; sagebrush seed rustlers caught in Hanford, Wash.; Reno comedians replaced by bingo.
Heard around the West
Anti-environmental jargon; carless in Seattle; homeowners vs. hikers on trail near Seattle; better cow-herding through electricity; sagebrush seed rustling; half.com, Ore.; learning from moose poop.
Heard around the West
Battle Mountain, NV: "armpit of nation"; four-legged pigeon; Harry Potter ignites rage in Alamogordo, N.M.; owls not good pets for Potter fans; off-shore banking in MT; fighting the circus; water-skipping on snowmobiles not good idea.
Heard around the West
Cattle vs. motorists; Mont. Gov.-elect happy to be industry's lap dog; bumper stickers; ORVers superior to hikers?; legumes more valuable due to mad-cow disease scare; do fish feel pain?; when good sea otters go bad; guerilla bumper stickers on SUVs.
Heard around the West
San Francisco billionaire creates cat and dog refuge; topless fur protest; teacher dumps computers on BLM land; wild mountain cows; Cedaredge, Colo., editor takes off; hunting permit for Democrats; Sport Utility poem; bumper sticker.
Heard around the West
Robert Shields' minutia-filled diaries; Nat'l Assn. of Squash Artillery; bears in Aspen; Virgin, Utah, gun mandate; BYU vs. multi-pierced ears; Dona Nieto vs. loggers; ORVs on interstate median strips?; wearable laptops from England.
Heard around the West
SPAM & Tofurky; suggestions for Wyoming 'Survivor' show; good bumper stickers; singer/songwriter Greg Brown;
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