Forests and Wilderness

2 more fatal falls at Grand Canyon follow dozens of others

PHOENIX – Two recent deaths in which men plummeted in the Grand Canyon follow dozens of apparently accidental fatal falls since the national park was established 100 years ago. Michael Obritsch, of...

DATE: April 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Wilderness bill gains local momentum, lacks congressional bipartisan support

WASHINGTON – Bill Fales has worked his ranch for the past 45 years, and has recently started providing quality beef to Whole Foods. The ranch, in his wife’s family since 1924, stretches along the...

DATE: April 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipton wants to make free parks pass permanent for 4th-graders

U.S. House Rep. Scott Tipton has introduced legislation seeking to make permanent a federal program that provides fourth-graders free access to federally managed lands. Every Kid in a Park, first...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan Mountains protection bill gets another chance

An effort to protect an estimated 52,000 acres of the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado appears to have new life. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo.,...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bennet urges Senate to pick up San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act

Sen. Michael Bennet on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate leadership to include the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act in the end-of-year public lands legislation currently being negotiated. In a letter...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

In Yosemite, two deaths raise concerns about social media

From the Grand Canyon to the California coast, Meenakshi Moorthy and Vishnu Viswanath documented a life of travel and natural beauty in their adopted homeland for more than 10,000 Instagram...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Ranchers, U.S. square off over fencing at national preserve

ALBUQUERQUE – Miles of fencing separating a national preserve from forested grazing pastures in northern New Mexico have been compromised over the years by wildfire, falling trees and herds of elk....

DATE: Sept. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Santa Fe forest ordered to consider impacts on salamander

SANTA FE – A federal judge is ordering the Santa Fe National Forest to consider how the management of roads and trails across the northern New Mexico forest will affect an endangered salamander....

DATE: Sept. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Toxic algae found in Colorado reservoir

GUNNISON – The National Park Service says unsafe levels of a type of algae that can be harmful to humans have been found in the water of a central Colorado reservoir. Park officials said they...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Coroner confirms Illinois hiker’s death in national park

BOULDER – A Colorado coroner has confirmed that a body found in Rocky Mountain National Park is a hiker from Illinois. The Boulder County Coroner’s Office said Thursday that it had identified...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Campfires, smoking now allowed on Carson National Forest

TAOS, N.M. – Campfires, smoking and chain saws now are allowed on the Carson National Forest. Higher humidity and recent rain led to the decision to lift fire restrictions Monday throughout the...

DATE: July 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Mancos seeks increased access to BLM lands

The Bureau of Land Management is considering proposals for additional trails and parking lots on public land in the Mancos area. Abut 50 residents attended a community meeting to view maps and get...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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