Natural disasters

Rescuers pluck hundreds from rising floodwaters in Houston

HOUSTON – Tropical Storm Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation’s fourth-largest city Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Hospital officials: Nearly 500 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Churches across Sierra Leone held special services Sunday in memory of those killed in mudslides and flooding earlier this week, as hospital officials announced the toll...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Bayfield man to help with disaster relief in Tennessee

Bayfield resident Steven Harris will travel to eastern Tennessee as a volunteer with the American Red Cross to help residents impacted by wildfires and tornadoes. Harris, who serves as a disaster...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ferocious cyclone strikes Pacific island nation of Fiji

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Residents of Fiji were beginning to clean up and assess the damage Sunday after a ferocious cyclone tore through the Pacific island chain overnight. There were no...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

East Coast feels snowfall’s impact

NEW YORK – Brilliant sunshine and gently rising temperatures followed the mammoth blizzard that paralyzed Washington and set a single-day snowfall record in New York City, enabling millions to dig...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Blizzard on East Coast brings area to standstill

SILVER SPRING, Md. – A blizzard with hurricane-force winds brought much of the East Coast to a standstill Saturday, dumping as much as 3 feet of snow, stranding tens of thousands of travelers and...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Alabama tornado adds to storm woes in South

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A Christmastime wave of severe weather continued Friday as a tornado touched down in Jefferson County, Alabama, including through the southwest portion of Birmingham, the state’s...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Hiker surprised by massive rockslide near Burnt Timber Creek Trail

Outdoor enthusiasts take to the mountains to enjoy nature, and if they’re lucky, maybe see some wildlife along the way. What’s less expected in Southwest Colorado’s wilderness is to see an entire...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durangoan ‘broken’ by the scene in Nepal

In his four days in Kathmandu last week, Karma Bhotia saw a city teeming with now-homeless people growing hungrier and desperately needing shelter from the coming monsoons. Help was notably absent....

DATE: May 3, 2015 | COLUMN: John Peel

‘My heart was broken,’ Himalayan owner says

Karma Bhotia is safe but is emotionally devastated by the damage he is seeing in his homeland of Nepal, the Durangoan said Tuesday in a cellphone call from Kathmandu. Bhotia was in India, visiting...

DATE: April 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lightning facts that may shock you

A few facts about lightning to scare you: From 2004 to 2013, Colorado had the third-most lightning-strike fatalities of any state with 18. Even if it doesn’t kill you, lightning can leave you with...

DATE: June 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Anatomy of an avalanche

There’s nothing quite like the freedom of exploring the mountains in their blanket of winter. The sense of adventure starts with your first step into the wild. The great wide open. Whether you’re...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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