Update: I-70 in Colorado partially reopened after slide

Baseball 05/21/19, 14:35

The Latest on a late spring snow storm in the Rockies (all times local):1:35 p.m.Interstate 70 in western Colorado has partially reopened after a rock slide.Frisco resident Dianne Stuhr walks with her dogs, Winston and Patty, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, along Tenmile Creek in Frisco, Colo. Nearby Breckenridge Ski Resort ...

Late spring Rockies snow cancels flights, downs limbs

Baseball 05/21/19, 11:26

A late spring storm has dumped heavy, wet snow in Colorado and Wyoming, cancelling flights and snapping newly greened up tree limbs.The check in lines were long at Denver International Airport Tuesday morning with travelers from earlier canceled flights hoping to fly out.In western Colorado, a rock slide has closed ...

Blame it on Bieber: Iceland canyon too popular with visitors

Europe 05/19/19, 04:34

With one magical video, Justin Bieber has made a pristine Icelandic canyon famous around the world. And that's the problem.Icelandic environmental officials have had to close off the Fjadrárgljúfur canyon to protect it from the hordes of Bieber fans who are determined to visit the site. And these fans are ...

Woman who fell to her death at the Grand Canyon identified

U.S. 04/24/19, 20:12

Authorities have identified an Arizona woman who died after falling over the edge of the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park.Park officials say 69-year-old Cynthia Ackley fell about 200 feet (61 meters) Tuesday afternoon. She lived in the Phoenix suburb of Peoria.It was the second over-the-edge death this month ...

Bobcat back in wild after being hit by California police car

U.S. 04/14/19, 14:39

A bobcat struck by a police car on a canyon road in Southern California earlier this year has been released back into the wild after making a full recovery.The 1-year-old bobcat darted from its kennel, paused for a moment, and then disappeared down into a remote canyon at Laguna Coast ...

Column: Fires, floods, quakes are part of California living

U.S. 04/11/19, 13:13

In the winter of 2009, my wife and I found a house that looked like a great place to start our family, a three-bedroom in a hilly subdivision surrounded by dry brush just outside the Redding city limits. By that point, I'd covered wildfires for the Record Searchlight newspaper for three ...

Obama appointed judge restores Obama-era drilling ban in Arctic

U.S. 03/30/19, 17:07

"President Donald Trump exceeded his authority when he reversed bans on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of canyons in the Atlantic Ocean", a U.S. judge said in a ruling that restored the Obama-era restrictions. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason in a decision late Friday ...

1st female superintendent of Grand Canyon park steps down

U.S. 03/14/19, 16:26

The first female superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park resigned Thursday, less than three years after she took the helm of one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Christine Lehnertz's resignation comes months after she was reassigned amid a federal investigation that cleared her of allegations of creating a hostile ...

Grand Canyon chief isn’t back after being cleared in inquiry

U.S. 03/05/19, 20:26

The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park has not returned to her job nearly a month after being cleared of accusations that she created a hostile work environment, improperly disciplined an employee and wasted park resources.Christine Lehnertz was reassigned in October while investigators from the Interior Department's Office of Inspector ...

Poop-to-power part of Aliso Canyon settlement raises stink

U.S. 02/25/19, 00:09

A stink is being raised over a $120 million court settlement from the nation's largest-known natural gas leak. And it's not about money, but cow manure.Environmental groups have criticized a plan to put more than a fifth of the settlement for the leak from a storage facility just outside Los ...

Yabba dabba adieu: ‘Flintstones’ theme park has been sold

Entertainment 02/12/19, 12:38

A theme park near the Grand Canyon designed around the "Flintstones" cartoon will now be strictly for the birds.The Arizona Daily Sun reported this week that the sale of Flintstones Bedrock City, north of Williams, Arizona, officially closed Jan. 31. The stone-age village had opened in 1972 and included a ...

Snowbound California guests freed after 5 days at lodge

U.S. 02/08/19, 17:58

More than 120 visitors and staff who were snowbound in a Sierra Nevada resort for five days have been freed, authorities said Friday.Up to 7 feet (2 meters) of snow trapped the guests and staff at Montecito Sequoia Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park starting Sunday following a storm, U.S. ...

Head of Grand Canyon cleared of undisclosed allegations

U.S. 02/08/19, 14:27

A U.S. investigation at Grand Canyon National Park has ended with the exoneration of the park's superintendent and an announcement that she'll return to work soon.Christine Lehnertz was reassigned in October while investigators from the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General looked into undisclosed allegations against her.In an email to ...

Panel issues vision for Diablo Canyon decommissioning

U.S. 01/09/19, 16:00

A panel created to develop a strategic vision for decommissioning of California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant wants the process to begin immediately after the Central Coast facility shuts down in the middle of the next decade.The report Tuesday by the Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel will be sent to ...

Sequoia, Kings Canyon close due to health, safety concerns

U.S. 01/03/19, 14:05

Overflowing trash and human waste and other unsafe visitor conditions have prompted Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California to close to the public.The parks said in a statement they were shutting Wednesday evening and would likely stay closed for the duration of the government shutdown, which entered its ...

California fire chief: State must adapt to new wildfire norm

U.S. 12/11/18, 14:02

California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says.Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will leave his job Friday after 30 years with the agency. In an interview with The ...

Update: Some evacuation orders lifted in California

U.S. 12/07/18, 01:21

The Latest on a Southern California storm that raised flood fears in burn areas (all times local):10:30 p.m.This aerial photo taken from video provided by KABC-TV shows traffic at a standstill on Interstate 5 near Gorman, Calif. (KABC-TV via AP)Authorities are keeping a worried eye on fire-scarred hillsides in Southern ...

Court revives claim involving uranium mine near Grand Canyon

U.S. 10/26/18, 17:20

A federal appeals court has revived a challenge to a company's right to mine uranium near the Grand Canyon.An Obama-era decision prohibits new mining claims on roughly 1,562 square miles outside the boundaries of the national park through 2032. But that doesn't keep uranium companies with grandfathered claims from developing ...

Grand Canyon chief being investigated, will be reassigned

U.S. 10/23/18, 19:26

The superintendent at the Grand Canyon will be reassigned amid a federal investigation into undisclosed allegations, the National Park Service said Tuesday, marking the latest upheaval at one of the country's most popular national parks.Investigators from the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General arrived at the park this week to ...

Suicide rates on the rise in Idaho, Mountain West

Health 10/06/18, 02:12

On a mid-September evening, as the sun sank into the Snake River Canyon, several dozen strangers gathered at the Perrine Bridge to send a simple message.Using pipe cleaners, they adorned the bridge with bright orange bracelets bearing two words: "Love yourself." Afterward, they mingled quietly among themselves, some opening up ...

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