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
"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.
Heard around the West
Mining and sea-captaining in Vail; Boy Scouts stone California bear; mountain lions chase mountain bikers and domestic pets; illegal immigrants disrespectful of horse trailer; park volunteers; tourist railroad billed for forest fire.
Heard around the West
The Cody, Wyo., "Boobyprise"; Andy Kerr a controversial columnist for Oregon's "Wallowa Chieftain"; Immigration raids disrupt Jackson, Wyo., tourist season; unexpected balloon adventure in Vail, Colo.; grizzly that mauled a man in Glacier Nat'l Park.
Heard around the West
Bikers invade Steamboat Springs, Vail Ski Area expansion, unusual parade in Casper, Wyo., Forest Service bills campers for fire in N.M., stupid tourist remarks, Gov. Gary Johnson thinks there are wolves in N.M., fun things to do at Western Planners Conf.
Heard around the West
Geology lessons in Grand Teton National Park, 13-year-old Buddhist lama in Wyoming, camouflage lingerie, California theme parks, Moab's sarcastic police blotter, abduction by aliens in Arizona, close encounters with bears and porcupines.
Heard around the West
Overheard cafe conversations in North Dakota; "Amazing Grace" radio in South Dakota; sheep's "beautiful buttocks" gone; fish image problems; Arizona speeding excuses; Idaho UFOs.
Heard around the West
Tourist encounters in national parks, thievery and honesty in Colorado and Nevada, testing Olestra in Grand Junction, Colo., fiberglass cow in Park City, Utah, runs into trouble with planning commission, DIA and tornadoes, etc., and competition for mines
Heard around the West
High Country Shopper, Rocky Mountain News scorns rural Colorado cows, low wages for Wyoming women, husband wife team of wilderness rangers needs money in Montana, quips from Myles Rademan, New York Times' Freemen blooper.
Heard around the West
Strange bedfellows in the West: Wal-Mart and Main Street, sheep and range restoration, javelinas in Washington state, cartoonist John Callahan runs for Oregon state Legislature, Cheetos in space, cowboys and California.
Heard Around the West
Sex at the prom, Abstinence Week, Utah's baby boom, complaints in a Silver City, N.M., lumberyard about having to take off your gun at the door, tourists hurry through Utah, linger in Wyoming, and in South Dakota folks are nice to cows.
Heard Around the West
Tot finds dinosaur egg, N.M. governor finds jokes about hwy. dept. ot funny, lights on Hwy. 666 in N.M. save lives, Washington roads made of old tires burst into flames, Nevada's "extraterrestrial hwy.," and classic hwy. story from Montana.
Heard Around the West
Montana weirdness, Santa Fe Mayor Debbie Jaramillo and nepotism, Utah bans gay groups in schools, livestock fight back in Colorado, rattlesnakes in Vail, and Idaho paints over swastikas.
Heard around the West
Praying for cold weather, Jesus and fishing permits, wild horse contraceptives, reservoirs help earth rotate, Bigfoot on endangered species list, Northwesterners for more fish use, wrong fish for logo.
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