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.

Heard around the West
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Heard around the West
Cows in tutus; drinking after driving in Wyo.; no snowboarders on Aspen ski slopes; cell phones on Grand Teton; ATMs at USFS campgrounds; greenhouse heated by tires vetoed in Colo.; litter contest on Calif. beach; tent-hating Yellowstone grizzly.
Heard around the West
"Mz. Prairie Dog" pageant in Camas, ID; armed Boy Scouts; lightning strikes elk; poachers sentenced near Craig, CO; moose misbehavior; "Hell House" in Arvada, CO; homophobia in Elk City, ID, church; outfitter survives 200-ft. fall in his Subaru.
Heard around the West
Arizona's "Stupid Motorist Act"; Ara Tripp's electrical power antics in Seattle; contrails or chemtrails?; yellow starthistle infects Colo.; Scott Silver's Wild Wilderness vs. Disney; Aspen home prices; trophy home named after Thoreau; Orem Daily Joural.
Heard around the West
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt has fun at Yellowstone while Bruce Babbitt is grumpy in Maine; Jesse Hendrix feeding hummingbirds; removing killer bees in Tucson; Yodaville, Ariz., vs. the military; Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park turns 100; lightning kills bear in Ore.
Heard around the West
Impotence from meat? Single wolf mom has five cubs; American vs. Tanzanian park mgmt.; Salt Lake mayoral candidate Jim Bradley is blunt; don't kiss rattlesnakes; grizzly attacks cubs in Alaska; Grand Teton's first climbers; phony Calif. loggers.
Heard around the West
Endangered plane in UT; Mysterious captions and news items; rotting apples in George, Wash.; hog manure in Wheatland, Wyo.; bombs on Gold Dust Peak in Colo.; signs of the times; AZ gov. vs. owls; Margaret Mead and Nazis; Air Force reassigns Ryan Berry.
Heard around the West
Gay rodeo in Aurora, Colo.; "Sports Afield" goes yuppie; "Twisty Cats"; no joking in Vail; "artificial wilderness experience"; advice in "Earth First!" from "Uncle Ramon"; threatening cowboy poetry at the Utah capitol.
Heard around the West
Rotting bison skulls in Red Lodge, MT; Werner Zink sells plastic lumber in Coos Bay, OR; BASE jumpers in Lake Powell; hot air in Denver; outlaw bur reed in Home Depot; ranchers' gun fight in Riverton, WY; Salt Lake City outlaws fun; advice from Ed Abbey.
Heard around the West
Bison bailout; busted emu ranchers; dog haiku; bald deer in Wash.; electrocuted bunny revived; Celestial Seasonings quits killing prairie dogs; sack lunches OK in Aspen; grizzlies in Mont.; Aspen no longer priciest; love-crazed turkeys; giant balloons.
Heard around the West
Utah state seal; "meltable" use area; Las Vegas water cops; Grand Canyon in Colorado?; "antlermania" in Jackson Hole; N.M. epitaphs; extreme snowmobiler in Wyo.; Bart the bison has new home; Celestial Seasonings vs. prairie dogs.
Heard around the West
Front Sight development in Nev. to have 13 firing ranges; sheepherder fired for unlicensed dog; condor visits airstrips; Fake fish mimics how fish cope with hydropower dams; dogs in pickup controversy in Jackson, Wyo.; bag lunches in Aspen ski resorts.
Heard around the West
Ed Abbey's "enemies"; moose-poop paper; potatoes become upscale vodka in Idaho; sage grouse in love dislike voyeurs; garbage picked up near Lake Mead; Las Vegas' expensive palm trees; proposed new state mottos; gun debate cancelled by Colo. Legislature.
Heard around the West
Sewage from the sky; PETA and pita bread; wild animals in Great Britain; Colo. brochure shows illegal dirt-biking in wilderness; "Please bare with us" in Sedona, Ariz.; Pat Shea vs. Washington Post; xenophobia in Oregon; skiers survive Colo. avalanche.
Heard around the West
Speed limits return to Mont.; chic camouflage; salmon too pooped to procreate; coyote killed by snowmobile in Idaho; prairie dogs are pets in Japan; Dave Barry and DIA; Utah's Burr Trail; bivy sack controversy in "Mountaineers"; hand cannon at gun show.
Heard around the West
No nude skiing at Crested Butte this year; boring Red Delicious apples no longer popular; potholes save wildlife; President Clinton short of cash in Park City; California's avocado cops; cross-country skiers vs. snowshoers.
Heard around the West
Radioactive tumbleweeds at Hanford; reporters on environmentalists; brothel for sale; student newspaper under fire in Salt Lake City; are Vegans a gang in Sandy, Utah?; "truth in slaughtering" labels on furs; stranded on a ski lift; Idaho women in gov't.
Heard around the West
Ferry passengers on Puget Sound; Outdoor Writers Assn. and prairie dogs; "Save the rancher" bumper sticker; sewage euphemisms; Paul Bunyan statue at Idaho school; bearded protester at Salt Lake City mall; Utah's roads need repair; ritzy Yellowstone Club.
Heard around the West
Oldest male grizzly killed in Mont.; $3.6 million teardown near Aspen.; wolves vs. sharks in Jackson Hole; Bats in Belfry, Mont.; dart-pierced duck in Great Falls, MT; PETA vs. McDonalds in Utah school; anti-Olympics license plates; impotence in bikers.
Heard around the West
Small towns; body piercing in Jackson, Wyo.; Y2K vs. KY jelly; Internet letter grants vacation; "bank error" leads to jail; hunters arrested for bear slaughter; good news in Olympic scandal; Las Vegas cop in strip joints; gambling treadmills; skunk odor.
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