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

Scientists find ‘salmon of the Southwest’ in San Juan River

FARMINGTON – A fish that federal officials say was once widely known as the “salmon of the Southwest” is showing signs of recovering its diminished population in the San Juan River basin....

DATE: July 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Apollo 17 astronaut and moonwalker to visit Anasazi Heritage Center

The Anasazi Heritage Center and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument will host Harrison H. “Jack” Schmitt, who will present the lecture “Of Coyotes and Moon Landings” on Saturday, July 29....

DATE: July 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Congressional committee votes to allow destruction of wild horses

A Congressional committee vote on Tuesday amounts to a death warrant for the mustangs and wild burros that roam America’s range land, an advocate for the animals said. The House Appropriations...

DATE: July 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Native American healing class sparks unique health textbook

ALBUQUERQUE – Laughter can combat trauma. Spiritual cleansings could be used to fight an opioid addiction. Cactus extract may battle diabetes and obesity. These insights are from curanderismo –...

DATE: July 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Science camp gives students two weeks of hands-on learning in ‘living classroom’

For a second summer, high school students spent two weeks learning about science – and having fun. Through Mountain Studies Institute’s Experience Mountain Science Program, kids in grades 10, 11...

DATE: July 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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