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
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.
Heard around the West
"Deer Avengers" video game hunts hunters; "New Coke" marketer advises Vail ski executives; skiing and global warming; "ski rage" flares between boarders and skiers; "brain leaks" on slopes; strange but true stories from Denver's Westword; Kennewick Man.
Heard around the West
Salt Lake City swap meet recycles useless gadgetry; "Save-A-Tree" in Oregon; Jimmie Ray Derington arrested for poaching trees in Calif.; breasts are OK in Moscow, Idaho; 17th Annual Kiwanis follies in Jackson, Wyo.; the bard was a birder.
Heard around the West
"Dispersing juvenile" spotted owl; Global Positioning System tracks cows; Climbers blase over wilderness; Nat'l Recreation Reservation Service reserves campsites; plagiarizing poetry in Utah; junk mail; ORVs in the university; Coca-Cola in Colo. schools.
Heard Around the West
Two-headed deer in Montana; Jimsonweed trouble in Utah; Ursus Mark VII bear-proof suit; porcupine poetic justice; radioactive insects at Hanford; dinosaurs at Grand Staircase.
Heard around the West
Death Valley Health Center; dogs' power bones; house paint in South Gate, CA; volcano/sewage buildup in Yellowstone; tracking privies of Lewis & Clark; poacher gives self away; "Wash. biol. serv."; Colo. candidate Jack Woehr; no fall color in Northeast.
Heard around the West
Bats R Us; guard llama dies on duty; words from Idaho State Land Board member Anne Fox; cloning dogs; Colorado pig farmers debate; road to run through Idaho house; football team nabs drunk driver.
Heard around the West
Elvis the pig; bears eating out in Aspen, Colo., and Whitefish, Mont.; grizzly victim not mad; Chocolate the Glacier Grizzly, a children's book heroine, kills a man; bear vs. hunter over elk meat; dog lovers protest dog rules; dogs are lousy drivers.
Heard around the West
Nevada's "shoe tree"; Yellowstone geysers wake up; "mountain loin" roams Bozeman; train whistle irks new Winter Park, Colo., residents; battle of bathrooms, continued; Taos, N.M., art association raffles off land.
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