Snowstorm hits northern Rocky Mountains; Montana gets brunt

U.S. 09/29/19, 16:11

Areas of the northern Rocky Mountains looked more like mid-winter rather than early fall on Sunday as a snowstorm dumped record amounts of wind-driven snow that caused hazardous travel conditions and scattered power outages. Winter storm warnings were posted for parts of western Montana, northern Idaho and northeast Washington. Snow also ...

Controversial telescope to be built on sacred Hawaiian peak

U.S. 06/20/19, 20:23

After years of protests and legal battles, officials have announced that a massive telescope which will allow scientists to peer into the most distant reaches of our early universe will be built on a Hawaiian volcano that some consider sacred. The state announced a "notice to proceed" for the Thirty Meter ...

Helicopter rescues climbers from near Mount Rainier summit

U.S. 06/06/19, 15:03

A helicopter crew has rescued four climbers from near the summit of Mount Rainier after they had been stranded on the Cascade Mountain peak in Washington for several days.The National Park Service said in a statement the climbers were suffering from exposure and being taken to local hospitals. Rescuers in ...

Deaths rise as Nepal issues more permits for Mount Everest

World 05/28/19, 05:24

Nepal's reluctance to limit the number of permits it issues to scale Mount Everest has contributed to dangerous overcrowding, with inexperienced climbers impeding others and causing deadly delays, seasoned mountaineers said.During the short period this season when the weather was clear enough to attempt the summit, climbers were crammed crampon-to-crampon ...

Some in rural Nevada see benefits in nuclear repository plan

Enviroment 05/17/19, 13:22

Elected officials in rural Nye County say they support moving forward with a long-studied but mothballed national nuclear waste repository in Nevada, unlike their counterparts in urban Las Vegas, approximately 90 miles away. But the Las Vegas Sun reports that residents who live close to Yucca Mountain are split on whether ...

Pilot killed in crash of small plane in California mountains

U.S. 05/16/19, 21:03

Authorities say a pilot has been killed after a small plane crashed in the Southern California mountains.The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says the wreckage of the single-engine Aviat plane was spotted early Thursday in a remote area.Crews hiked a steep ridgeline near Figueroa Mountain and found the wreckage and ...

Longtime ETA fugitive Josu Ternera arrested in France

Europe 05/16/19, 04:11

A longtime chief of the Basque separatist militant group ETA who had been on the run for 17 years was arrested Thursday in the French Alps region, Spain's Interior Ministry said.José Antonio Urruticoetxea Bengoetxea, known by the alias Josu Ternera, has been the most wanted ETA member since 2002. Interpol, ...

Sherpa climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

World 05/15/19, 00:53

Sherpa climber Kami Rita scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday for a 23rd time, breaking his own record for the most successful ascents of the world's highest peak.Rita reached the summit with other climbers Wednesday morning and all of them were reported to be safe, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a Nepalese government ...

Presidential candidates join Nevada’s nuclear waste fight

Politics 05/03/19, 14:09

Nevada's long crusade to block the creation of a national nuclear-waste dump at Yucca Mountain has pitted the state against a bipartisan group of lawmakers across the country, but a band of presidential hopefuls is joining the early voting state's cause. Last year, Nevada's two senators were the only sponsors of ...

California roads not designed to handle wildfire evacuations

U.S. 04/25/19, 05:09

Californians got a deadly wakeup call when more than 27,000 Paradise residents trying to escape the Camp Fire got caught in a nightmare traffic jam. The 2018 catastrophe illuminated the grim reality that road systems throughout the state are not designed to handle a sudden evacuation.A new USA TODAY Network-California ...

Widows, ace guide to climb Everest to honor Sherpas

World 04/18/19, 11:06

Five years after one of the deadliest disasters on Mount Everest, three people from Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community are preparing an ascent to raise awareness about the Nepalese mountain guides who make it possible for hundreds of foreign climbers to scale the mountain and survive.Renowned climber Kami Rita lived through ...

Morocco is a trove of Jewish history if you know where to go

Africa 04/17/19, 13:24

With its mountains and desert, beach resorts and Berber villages, Morocco is a feast for travelers of all kinds, including those who want to explore the kingdom's deep Jewish roots.The presence of Jews in Morocco stretches back more than 2,000 years. Before the founding of Israel in 1948, estimates put ...

Update: 2nd eagle egg hatches in California mountains

U.S. 04/15/19, 13:29

The Latest on bald eagles in Southern California (all times local):11:25 a.m.Viewers of an online live feed witnessed the second of two bald eagle eggs hatching in Southern California mountains.The first chick poked its head out of the shell Sunday in the nest near Big Bear Lake. Its fuzzy gray ...

Mount Washington avalanche danger increases after death

U.S. 04/12/19, 14:23

Authorities warned of increasing avalanche danger Friday a day after a skier died on the Northeast's highest mountain.Thursday's was one of at least four human-triggered avalanches on the mountain that day, and more were possible as slabs of snow formed by wind warmed up and weakened, according to the Mount ...

Report: Pollution still drifting into Rocky Mountain Park

Enviroment 04/11/19, 15:34

Harmful nitrogen pollution is still drifting onto fragile, high-elevation ecosystems in Rocky Mountain National Park from Colorado highways, power plants and livestock operations, state and federal agencies said.Nitrogen pollution was 38% higher than the 2017 target level, according to a draft report released Wednesday by the Colorado health department, the ...

Hikers missing in Southern California mountains found safe

U.S. 04/11/19, 00:38

Two hikers who vanished in snowy Southern California mountains were found safe on Wednesday by rescuers who spent days searching the rugged heights. Gabrielle Wallace, 31, of Rancho Cucamonga and Eric Desplinter, 33, of Chino Hills went missing Saturday in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles. A search team found ...

Scientists release most detailed map of Teton quake fault

Science 04/05/19, 14:29

Scientists have completed the most detailed map yet of one of North America's most spectacular geologic faults with the hope of providing a better understanding of the earthquake risk at a popular vacation destination.Millions of tourists visit Jackson Hole, Wyoming, every year to sightsee, hike or ski the Teton Range, ...

Mountain park becomes public bath amid Venezuela crisis

World 04/04/19, 17:54

After generations of breathing life into Venezuela's crowded capital, the tree-covered slopes of El Avila mountain looming above Caracas are being transformed into a public bath amid worsening power failures that are disrupting life in the crisis-wracked country.Every day, hundreds of people without running water hike up from the city ...

Firefighters contain fire in China’s mountains where 30 died

World 04/01/19, 22:21

Firefighters have contained a blaze high in the rugged forested mountains of western China that claimed the lives of 30 of their colleagues.State media say open flames had been extinguished and only a few areas continued to emit smoke as of Tuesday with no further threat of the fire spreading.The ...

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