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
Silly candidate quotes; difference between Republicans and Democrats; Sunshine Dairy hit by Animal Liberation Front; Short takes; grizzly bear decoy; gray wolf's life saved by radio collar; Wyo. ranchers can shoot wolves with bean bags.
Heard Around the West
"Wildlife trash media" making films about bears; don’t throw things at bears; no excuses for erratic drivers in Cortez, Colo.; Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler dies; Delta, Colo., firefighters say good-bye to old yellow truck; and International Truck
Heard around the West
Electric bicycles and Lee Iacocca; Iowa CornCam has lots of fans; man accidentally shoots self on first date; Helen Chenoweth dodges dead salmon in Montana.
Heard around the West
Las Vegas lizard-smuggling; fire-inspired Montana wisdom; critic eviscerates film "Whipped"; black bear visits Nevada cook shack; gawking at bears in Aspen; motorcycle rally casualties in Colo.; motorcycle vs. hawk; town celebrates toilet.
Heard around the West
Real cowboys wear pink; most isolated places in U.S.; controversial junior high gun program in Utah; Buffalo Commons Corp. goes belly-up in N.D.; woman drives into cougar in Ore.; treating "wealth angst"; grasshopper starts fire in Washington.
Heard around the West
Cliffhanging tourist photographer; New West attack in Ketchum, ID; barfing in Harrison Ford's chopper; Albuquerque's water vigilantes; satellite-controlled watering in UT; off-road vehicles in Colo. Rockies; Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell's gun vs. dogs.
Heard around the West
Narcisse, Canada: home to 70,000 snakes; man regrets climbing into outdoor potty; Indian tribe plans bowling alley instead of casino; unscrupulous photographers use technology to track wolves and bears; Sequim, WA, elk wear collars to alert m
Heard around the West
San Francisco vs. tourists; "Billionaires for Bush (or Gore)"; camping at Wal-Mart; Yellowstone Web site pulls ads begging for corporate money; lawn ornament bandits in Oregon; lawn mowers vs. people.
Heard around the West
Rainbow gathering in Dillon, Mont.; people throw things at Ag Secretary Dan Glickman; PETA vs. dairy in Midwest high schools; rafting rescues in Grand Canyon; Texas has an "official" SUV; Milford High School in Utah vs. 16-year-old disgruntled student.
Heard around the West
Reno waitresses rebel against high heels; Domino's Pizza via SUV; Ford Motor Co. admits SUVs cause problems; "pet owner" may change to "pet guardian" in Boulder, CO; prize-bearing cockroaches; how USAF considered bombing the moon; Nate Madsen's redwood.
Heard around the West
"Monster" is pussycat in Penn.; farmer plows over snowmobiles in Canada; Arizona Republic condemns vigilante approach to illegal immigration; Psychic Network welcome to bring jobs to Santa Fe; wanna-be doctors face acting "patients"; PETA in Wyo.
Heard around the West
Steamboat Geyser erupts in Yellowstone; behind scenes at Miss USA pageant; killer bees in AZ; backcountry skier gets to safety with perseverance; subsidized smoking on reservations; geckos released to control roaches in Golden Gate State Park, Calif.
Heard around the West
Sweaters for penguins; potbellied pig turned to pork; Audubon member enraged at ATV ads in magazines; crashing a Mormon church in Wyo.; disguised cellular phone towers; Canadians don't want to share bears; toilet-to-tap water; anti-gun rally.
Heard around the West
Western newspaper mottos; elk semen; outdoor bathrooms and "rock cairns"; carousers burn Boy Scouts' trail logs; fox in hospital in Sun Valley, ID; killer bees to St. George, UT; Santa Rosa, CA drive-throughs; "Nome Nat'l Forest"; political yogis; ATVs.
Heard around the West
Dr. Bruce Hayse's underwater snowmobile adventure in Jackson, Wyo.; Tlingit Barbie; two young cougars roam Salt Lake City; Jackson Hole vs. monster houses; Colorado Springs developer vs. democracy.
Heard around the West
Old West shoot-out in Las Vegas; saying howdy with a staplegun; killed wolf becomes Idaho high school mascot; Franken-fish in New Zealand; ideas on refrigerators and houses made from airplanes; Las Vegas plans its own Grand Canyon; Telluride dog trouble.
Heard around the West
Feces hits fan (and houses) in Utah again; Ariz. Legislature says state has right to secede, and worries about too much democracy; Flexcar in Seattle and Portland; golf carts in Senior Estates, Ore.; Reno billboards; Seattle school toilets save money.
Heard around the West
USFS mulls changing vehicle color; Ariz. couch potatoes slim; Idaho's potato supremacy threatened; San Francisco battles rodeos; Tom Forsythe told to quit photographing Barbie dolls; Aspen fights monster homes; faux fish trophies; what animal?
Heard around the West
Post Office vs. Grand Canyon, gobbledygook in D.C.; Salt Lake keeps eye on movies, nose on smells; faux snow; cougar vs. dog; rabbits vs. Sheridan, Wyo.; roadkill for dinner; snowmobiler survival near Spokane.
Heard around the West
Cows on the way out; "cowlettes" for ranchettes; "nice-guy" cattle herding; "deep ecology" as religious cult; Aspen's "Noxious People Board"; BLM law enforcement problems; Whitefish, Mont., and Y2K sneakers.
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