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.

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.
A trophy fish, a cactus doctor and an anatomically-correct bull statue.
A trophy fish, a cactus doctor and an anatomically-correct bull statue.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Fire squads in Utah, metaphysical debates in Arizona politics
Fire squads in Utah, metaphysical debates in Arizona politics
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Garden gnomes stolen; shipping container homes for sale
Garden gnomes stolen; shipping container homes for sale
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
$300 fine for tracking mud on streets, dress codes for sheriffs, and more.
$300 fine for tracking mud on streets, dress codes for sheriffs, and more.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Long lost GoPro resurfaces; owl attacks in Oregon
Long lost GoPro resurfaces; owl attacks in Oregon
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Goats at the table, and bobcats on (in) the grill…
Goats at the table, and bobcats on (in) the grill…
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The Cow Liberation Moovement, bear tizzies and more
The Cow Liberation Moovement, bear tizzies and more
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Your best Heard Around the West photos
Your best Heard Around the West photos
Editor picks of readers' weirdest, most amazing images from the past five years.
Grinchosaurus in Utah, an exchange of letters with Wendell Berry and more.
Grinchosaurus in Utah, an exchange of letters with Wendell Berry and more.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Los Angelenos earn money off lawns, an 'extreme walker' and more
Los Angelenos earn money off lawns, an 'extreme walker' and more
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Selfies with bears, a stolen train in Wyoming, a loose bull and more.
Selfies with bears, a stolen train in Wyoming, a loose bull and more.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Sage grouse found walking through Wyoming underpass
Sage grouse found walking through Wyoming underpass
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Pronghorn were shot and left on the side of the road in Wyoming.
Pronghorn were shot and left on the side of the road in Wyoming.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
When a hunter chases his quarry through a Lexus dealership
When a hunter chases his quarry through a Lexus dealership
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Wacky Burning Man antics, a pop-up town and more
Wacky Burning Man antics, a pop-up town and more
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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