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
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.
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.
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