Gym-going seniors are benefiting from more than exercise

Until an injury temporarily sidelined him recently, Burt Abramowitz, 81, and his 76-year-old workout partner had a standing commitment three times each week. They’d work out at the Gold’s Gym in...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Endings and renewals: Former inmates build kosher caskets

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – They have led lives eroded by addictions, violence and prison, but with all that behind them, the men working in the wood shop at Fathers Building Futures are reconstructing...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Pigeons keep quirky rafting tradition afloat

FORT COLLINS – Ryan Barwick has 10 really flighty employees. They’re not always where they’re supposed to be and sometimes take off for hours. And don’t get him started on when they refuse to come...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Mesa Verde reports increase in vandalism, graffiti

Mesa Verde National Park reports increased graffiti along public trails and overlooks and is using social media to raise awareness of the problem. Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer said recently...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Gold King spill, Superfund fail to poison economy

For more than 20 years, the town of Silverton resisted Superfund status, concerned about federal intervention, the potential loss of mining and a longstanding belief local efforts could clean up...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

How budget cuts, a divided staff and politics hamstrung Escalante National Monument

When Carolyn Shelton began working at southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 2001, she expected to leave it in better shape for the next generation. Fifteen years later, in...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Shhh. Hear the rustle of grass? Not so much now in U.S. parks

WASHINGTON – The call of the wild is getting harder to hear. Peaceful, natural sounds – bird songs, rushing rivers and rustling grass – are sometimes being drowned out by noise from people in many...

DATE: July 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Zion National Park may require reservations to control crowds

It would be a first for a U.S. national park: requiring reservations to get in. But it’s an option that Zion National Park is considering to manage an overwhelming surge of visitors to its sweeping...

DATE: July 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Brewers harvest spruce needles in San Juan National Forest

DURANGO – Twelve years ago, Ken Martin of Steamworks Brewing Co. wanted to try a unique recipe that would tie a local brew to the San Juan Mountains. It would be modeled after an Olde English ale...

DATE: July 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Reaping the bounty, protecting the beauty of the San Juan National Forest

DURANGO – The San Juan National Forest offers permits for collecting everything from corral and tepee poles, firewood, fence stays, walking sticks and Christmas trees to boughs, pine cones,...

DATE: July 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

‘Ancient Voices’ podcast tour available from Mesa Verde Country

About eight months after Mesa Verde Country received a grant to create audio tours of Montezuma County’s historical sites, the first of three is available online . Kelly Kirkpatrick, director of...

DATE: July 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Monument fight in New Mexico marked by race, land ties

ALBUQUERQUE – The battle over the Trump administration’s review of two national monuments in New Mexico is bringing up a historic clash that goes back generations and is tainted by race, heritage...

DATE: July 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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