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
Woodsy Owl's makeover; Ore. high school team no longer "Savages"; Rainbows not welcomed in Prineville, Ore.; shooting in Jackson, Wyo.; Helen Chenoweth on grizzlies; Wyo. Republican starts field hearings; Wis. Rep. Obey replies to critics; Missy Cow Cow.
Heard around the West
Las Vegas chutzpah; a cemetery scholar's grave observations; crazy snowboarding and dangerous driving; football as blood sport in Albuquerque; angler rumps and porta-potties in Idaho; heartening news in Idaho and Washington.
Heard Around the West
Bobby Unser whines about fires; runners win in Colo. Nat'l Monument; Nev. Republican Rep. Jim Kibbens vs. BLM "monsters"; he's baaack! (Tom Chapman); Indians protest "John Wayne Parkway"; Karelian bear dogs in Glacier N.P. and bear raids T-shirt makers.
Heard around the West
True story of balloon-powered lawn chair; owning Redstone Castle not cheap; illegal pool-building in Aspen; anti-hunting T-shirts; prairie dog hunting B&B; cyberspace riddles; Frosty the freezer dog; Wash.'s road or religious sign; Chenoweth's baloney.
Heard around the West
Why can't government manage the weather right?; Lake Powell poop; jet ski management; bears learn to use the fridge; "Diet Dirt"; N.D. and Italy work together to make pasta; Mark Obmascik floats Denver's Cherry Creek through a golf course.
Heard around the West
EPA joke network; debunking of "net myth"; comments at Wyo.'s Bridger Wilderness; retorts from Jack Gilluly; Disney's Wild West Show in France needs Indians; polygamist Alma Aldebert Timpson dies; Great Old Broads; Westerners swap jobs; "Spam" haiku.
Heard around the West
Cows cause fires; cow-car catastrophe; getting gross w/pukey tobacco in AZ.; John Birch conspiracy mongers in WY.; Moab survives spring break; resourceful lost 8-yr.-old in Arches; invading rattlers and depressed alpacas; "Habitat Drive" near Telluride.
Heard around the West
Science fair project on condoms; nudists worry about neighbors in Ariz.; Moab's concern about teens on slickrock; "genital broke" horse; pet psychic fair in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Yellowstone bison slaughter; ADC helps rich folks in N.M.; workout hints.
Heard around the West
Help wanted in Vail; snowboarders are different; "state snake" loses in Idaho; cattle outnumber humans in Mont.; in Utah horse accidents kill people; dog owners miffed; dog argues against political slander; interesting road signs; Helen Chenoweth on guns
Heard around the West
Utah grebes miss water in their landing; Airedale stomped by Jackson Hole moose; woman arrested for feeding ice cream to bears near Tucson; ravens feed themselves in Yellowstone; Utah men land plane with the help of bodily fluids; snowboarder lingo.
Heard around the West
USFS computers vs. face-to-face communication; "Boyfriend in a Box"; Perfect Match dating service; Colo. elementary school students on love and marriage; "Ranger Barbie"; having a gun but not being rude in Tacoma, Wash.; wacky news in Denver's Westword.
Heard around the West
Mark Wattles' 50,000-sq.-ft. Oregon mansion; bee power in Colorado; snail ranching in Oregon; repelling geese with grape spray; Sen. Craig defends Bobby Unser's wilderness trespassing; Valentine's Day "boudoir in the sky" in LA.
Heard around the West
"Hello" damned in Kingsville, TX; Virgin Mary appears on Green River, WY garage door; tidal Christmas tree forest in Nome, AK; "Big Dyke Barbie" respects diversity; strange views of Hale-Bopp comet; Asian duck in Idaho; Moab mountain bikes decline.
Heard around the West
Yodeling saves lives in Oregon floods; mystery train in Nebraska; dog crap in Aspen; "Blue Mountain Paranoia" in Blanding, Utah; English girl saved from Vail ski lift.
Heard around the West
Militia matchmaking; unexpected risks of deer hunting; the dangerous mushroom-picking business in Oregon; Arizona's Biosphere revisited; what to do when a grizzly attacks, revised.
Heard around the West
Wilderness golfing; a renegade in nothing but a T-shirt sent to save the soul of an angry man; Durango's Jeff Morrissey and more A-LP rudeness; housekeeper sues ritzy Colorado club.
Heard around the West
"Samowen" campground; Samish Tribe is not dead yet; urine-testing for river guides' cellular phone "rescue in Yosemite"; bears in cars; state-sponsored hairdos in Montana.
Heard around the West
Dogs vs. grizzlies in Glacier N.P.; deer in gardens; squirrel steals keys; growth in Colo., and FDR on trial in school; Imnaha, Ore., holds Bear & Rattlesnake Feed; "Floating Preference" want ad; Enid Greene plans book; boom & bust with Smokey Bear.
Heard around the West
Colorado too inefficient to be Switzerland; "Mrs. Paonia" in Denver; intoxicated police chiefs and neck-breaking veterinarians; doctors irk mining industry; free enterprise vs. Pepsi and Coke; spanking in Montana.
Heard around the West
Rebuilt hwy floods Murray, Idaho; canned salmon endangered by consumers; faithful rats; dark side of Grand Junction, Colo.; wolves harass skiers in Washington; Rep. Charles Taylor loses wager on logging; religiously segregated Colorado cemetery.
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