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
"Flat-head" tourist questions in Indian museum; Mount Rushmore facelifts; Durango's Pepto-Bismol-pink trophy home; killer hay bales; cops on mountain bikes; Smokey Bear sells cars; Portland sewage boo-boo; water on the moon; timber bosses lament.
Heard around the West
Jim Furnish; Nev. Test Site tourism; drowning; fighting off a lion in Colo.; Nevada Barr defends lions; Portland, Ore., tries free bike program again; traffic ticket called sexual deviance; snowboarder survives slide; golden parachutes for Pegasus execs.
Heard around the West
The latest D.I.A. snafu; naked skiing in Crested Butte; talking T-shirt swears in Denver; Cody Enterprise follows wolves; law enforcement travails in Calif.; cracking down on "sales" in N.M.; protecting Texas graveyards.
Heard around the West
Bears move into Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; cows gorge to death in Wash.; beef cows maligned in Idaho; fighting hog farms in Colo.; hogs stink; PETA tries to save Glacier's fish; April fool stuff; Aspen's woes.
Heard Around the West
Vail snowshoer meets cougar; cougars eat dogs in Nev; grizzlies "unacceptable species" in Idaho county; death-row dogs in Ore.; Denver coyote; Bruce Babbitt missing?; Gov. Racicot meets school kids; pennies from heaven in Utah; expensive Pentagon screws.
Heard around the West
Bears like pepper spray; bear-proof containers; "Rapture" Society; "superworms" not super; Westerners love themselves; fencing Yellowstone; ski the potato; marijuana equals activism.
Heard around the West
El and Al Nino; Sabino Canyon's gun club neighbor; term limits reconsidered; greens lack political clout; Mary Dalton vs. Forest Service; first grader pardoned for candy passing; exploding urinals in D.C.; deer crossing and iceberg lettuce.
Heard around the West
Aspen fashion and ski lift prices; Vail absolutely miffed; Simpsons wisdom; cougar roast; Delta, Colo., ATV ranting; hoovering the air of Phoenix.
Heard around the West
Alluring trees on trial; posh Park City party; pity Arizona; golf in Arizona; polo field in Grand Junction; no affordable housing in Ketchum; no bike lands at DIA; acronyms aplenty at INEEL.
Heard around the West
Spam and other worst recipes; bears raiding Denver fridges; South Dakota's religious tolerance; deer jumps into Montana van; what helicopters spy in the Central Arizona Project's canals; cow pie lagoons; Hong Kong film subtitles.
Heard Around the West
Stranded skier dances; Grand Junction, Colo., sheriff victim of alcoholism disability; warhead smashes (empty) trailers in Utah; teen kills deer by hand; NRA defends "Star Spangled Banner'; paying overdue fines at wedding; bus riders on Colo. 82.
Heard around the West
Romanian road rage in Mont.; Idaho poachers spear chinook salmon; Wonder Bread recaptures roaming zoo buffalo; crows chase coyote in Seattle; goldfish surgery; escaping emu in Utah; beaver re-landscapes condominium; drinking and riding in Great Falls.
Heard around the West
Alfred E. Neuman goes West; strange true crime stories; Utah vs. Olympics beer; Utah vs. Rodin; "Jerks in Montana history," D.I.A. and blizzards; suggestions for future.
Heard around the West
Hunter self-esteem; pseudo-deer vs. poachers; elk overflow in Sequim, Wash.; hired dog for politican; dogs are avenged; guns equal politeness.
Heard around the West
Ostrich meat in White House; llamas need new image; bears misbehaving all over the West; tent is private property; anti-terrorist guerilla action in Summit County, Colo.; wolf Houdini hero in Yellowstone.
Heard around the West
Joe Camel needs work; Rolling Stones not playing Buffalo, Wyo.; cows vs. mosquitoes; useful bird activities; decorating outhouse walls; grizzlies vs. lodge in Katmai Nat'l Park in Alaska; Testicle Festival in Clinton, Mont.
Heard around the West
Yellowstone's rickety sewer system; California is booming; creating salmon habitat with dump trucks; killing trees to save woodpeckers; usefulness of sheep; border collie in D.C.
Heard around the West
Welcome, hunters; Steve Howke's wedding; cow-chip bingo; cows not home on range; ravens collect golf balls.
Heard around the West
Good news for cows; "Baywatch breakout" in NM; river guides defend urine integrity; activist Delyla Wilson at fault for hurling bison guts; flying reptiles in NM; Slick Rock Cafe beats Hard Rock Cafe in lawsuit; Bill Gates' Seattle mansion.
Heard around the West
The "sunscreen speech"; tourist questions; bats in the bleachers in St. George, Utah; little old ladies and drug smuggling; scary stories from Hanford.
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