Interior secretary steps into Utah public lands tug-of-war

SALT LAKE CITY – For decades, a public lands tug-of-war has played out over a vast expanse of southern Utah where red rocks reveal petroglyphs and cliff dwellings and distinctive twin buttes bulge...

DATE: April 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Mesa Verde National Park designated 100th International Dark Sky Park

Mesa Verde National Park is known for preserving ancient cultural sites, and now it will also protect the nighttime view of the stars. This year, Mesa Verde was designated the 100th International...

DATE: April 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Drought-breaking rains more rare, erratic in West, study says

BILLINGS, Mont. – Rainstorms grew more erratic and droughts much longer across most of the U.S. West over the past half-century as climate change warmed the planet, according to a sweeping...

DATE: April 10, 2021 | UPDATED: 4 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Impact of logging near Dolores raises concerns about recreation access

San Juan National Forest officials are addressing concerns about a logging project’s impact to recreation in the Boggy Draw area north of Dolores. The 22,346-acre Salter Vegetation Management...

DATE: April 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Grizzlies expand range, but still need protections

BILLINGS, Mont. – Grizzly bears are slowly expanding the turf where they roam in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains but need continued protections, according to government scientists who...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Geologic discoveries on Mars cataloged in Navajo language

(AP) – Native people have had ties to land in North America since time immemorial, and now that connection is expanding to the cosmos. The Perseverance rover has been on Mars for more than a month,...

DATE: March 31, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

As endangered birds lose their songs, they can’t find mates

WASHINGTON – Male songbirds usually learn their tunes from adult mentors. But when aspiring crooners lack proper role models, they hit all the wrong notes – and have less success attracting mates....

DATE: March 31, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Forecast for spring: Nasty drought worsens for much of U.S.

With nearly two-thirds of the United States abnormally dry or worse, the government’s spring forecast offers little hope for relief, especially in the West where a devastating megadrought has taken...

DATE: March 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

U.S. seeks more time to rewrite Mexican gray wolf management rules

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. wildlife officials are asking a federal judge for more time to rewrite rules that guide management of North America’s rarest subspecies of gray wolf, saying they will miss a...

DATE: March 20, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Endangered wolf population keeps growing

ALBUQUERQUE – Once on the verge of extinction, the rarest subspecies of the gray wolf in North America has seen its population nearly double over the last five years, with more gains being reported...

DATE: March 20, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Western states chart diverging paths as water shortages in Colorado River loom

SALT LAKE CITY – As persistent drought and climate change threaten the Colorado River, several states that rely on the water acknowledge they likely won’t get what they were promised a century ago....

DATE: March 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Water guzzlers quench wild animals’ thirst

With the Southwest drying up, water guzzlers placed throughout the San Juan Mountains for wildlife are becoming ever more important. Through the 1970s and 1980s, the U.S. Forest Service, in...

DATE: March 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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