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
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.
Heard around the West
Bart the Buffalo runs wild in Tucson; too many prisons; bicyclist bumped by bruin in Glacier; condors visit Colorado; "toad patrol" rescues toads on highways.
Heard around the West
Ed Abbey's truck; rock art vandalism; mountain lion mauling in Missoula; emus run wild in Ore.; rancher vs. developer in Teton County, Idaho; killer bees in Bisbee; teenage girl vs. polygamy in Utah; felonious logging in Jackson; huge dollar sign in Ore.
Heard around the West
Ruth Thomas bicycles across U.S.; dead doe delivers living fawn; toddler lost overnight on Mt. Graham; combines vandalized in Lind, Wash.; indecent exposure in Moscow, Idaho; woman invades men's room; mountain lions stalk kids; Yellowstone grizzly fever.
Heard around the West
Cars and lightning; dogs, coyotes kill more Mont. livestock than wolves do; farmers' demolition derby in Lind, Wash.; driver bangs up 7 cars in parking; bison bump tourists in Yellowstone; bear trouble in Vail, Colo.; Envirocare engineer is a fraud.
Heard around the West
Bears break into cars and cabins, attack hikers and skiers; Pamplona-West seeks running of bulls in Mesquite, Nev.; winged fire ants in Texas; restraining livestock; private helicopter in Wilson, Wyo.; Pacific chorus frogs; Islamic Jihad cut Wyo. fences.
Heard around the West
"Green glow" fades in Northwest; Las Vegas street names and theme parks; containing cows in Mont. and Ore.; "Ranger Rick's" cartoon animals dislike mining; reckless speedboats on Lake Mead; homeless man wants backpack returned; heron shot in Tucson.
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.
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