Research finds uranium in Navajo women, babies

ALBUQUERQUE – About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal in their systems, decades after...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Condor chick makes 1st flight attempt from Utah cliff

SALT LAKE CITY – In another sign that California condors are making a comeback in the wild three decades after nearing the brink of extinction, a condor chick left its nest and made its first...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Year of renewal: Hermosa Creek watershed shows signs of recovery after 416 Fire

One year after the 416 Fire, Hermosa Creek is showing early signs of bouncing back. “The area is recovering pretty well,” said Gretchen Fitzgerald, a forester with the U.S. Forest Service. “There...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Trump administration loses bid to dismiss monument lawsuits

SALT LAKE CITY – A federal judge has rejected the Trump administration’s bid to dismiss lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a 2017 decision to downsize two sprawling national monuments in...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Chocolate’s ancient path leads to Chaco Canyon

ALBUQUERQUE – Life without chocolate? Never. Not even 1,000 years ago at Chaco Canyon. A world heritage site, the massive stone structures left by Chaco’s early inhabitants have fueled scientific...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

8-year-old victim of Spanish flu to get grave marker 101 years after her death

Her gravesite is marked by a shallow depression in the grass and nothing else. It was just over a year ago that my wife and I went to Greenmount Cemetery looking for her headstone. Bob Talamante...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Judge vacates part of protection decision on trout species

DENVER – A judge has asked U.S. biologists to explain part of a determination that a trout native to Colorado and New Mexico doesn’t merit an endangered species listing. But U.S. District Court...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Laser therapy offers lasting relief for muscle, nerve pain

Durangoan Kristin Gerela tried physical therapy, massages and chiropractic adjustments to relieve her neck pain before receiving laser therapy treatment. “This was the fastest response and the best...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. appeals court to decide fight over jaguar habitat

ALBUQUERQUE – It will be up to a federal appeals court to decide whether tens of thousands of acres in New Mexico should be reserved as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar. The 10th U.S....

DATE: Sept. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Rare American marten sighted in La Sal Mountains

A rare American marten has been documented in the La Sal Mountains near Moab, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reports. “One of our biologists has made an incredible finding,” the agency...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Where have the wild birds gone? 3 billion fewer than 1970

WASHINGTON – North America’s skies are lonelier and quieter as nearly 3 billion fewer wild birds soar in the air than in 1970, a comprehensive study shows. The new study focuses on the drop in...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

High-altitude grazing a high risk for cattle

For cattle grazing in the high country, altitude sickness can be a life-or-death situation. The ailment is most commonly referred to as “brisket disease,” but it goes by many other names, such as...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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