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Skeletal remains identified as man who disappeared in 1979

Apr. 13, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

In 1979, Kenneth Bell, a 22-year-old California man, went missing as he was apparently traveling to Washington state to visit family. On Tuesday, investigators announced they have identified skeletal human remains found in January in a wilderness area in Oregon as those...

KITCHEN SMARTS: Navigating the varied world of olive oils

Apr. 06, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

If you’ve been in the olive oil section of the grocery store lately, you’ve likely been confronted with a lot of choices. Possibly even a wall of olive oils, with different symbols on the bottles and a whole lot of brands to choose from. For most of us, the world of...

Alaska files to defend Tongass exemption from Roadless Rule

Mar. 27, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska and several other groups have filed to defend the Tongass National Forest's exemption from a rule that limits development on federal land. The filing fights back against a group of tribal, environmental, fishing and tourism...

Report calls for large cut in Black Hills timber production

Mar. 24, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Scientists are calling for a 50% to 60% reduction in timber production for the Black Hills National Forest over the next several decades, according to a report released Tuesday. The 68-page report by the USDA Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain...

Conservationists sue to save spotted owl logging protections

Mar. 24, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to preserve protections for 3.4 million acres (1.4 million hectares) of northern spotted owl habitat from the US-Canada border to northern California, the latest salvo in a legal battle over logging in federal...

La Crosse pair went on mission to find house built in a day

Mar. 18, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Two months ago, Bill and Linda Spietz came upon a beautiful story shrouded in mystery — a house built in a day for a needy family in La Crosse. Only the house itself was nowhere to be found. “Not being able to find the...

Builders grapple with land shortage, soaring lumber costs

Feb. 25, 2021 12:01 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. homebuilders are poised to benefit this spring homebuying season amid strong demand, low mortgage rates and an all-time low inventory of previously occupied homes for sale. But soaring lumber prices and a shortage of construction-ready land could limit their ability...

Democrats urge investigation into removal of owl protections

Feb. 02, 2021 18:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Eight Democratic lawmakers called Tuesday for an investigation into “potential scientific meddling” by the Trump administration in its rule to remove critical habitat protections for the imperiled northern spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest. ...

Boscawen couple named outstanding tree farmers by program

Jan. 19, 2021 05:03 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A couple in Boscawen, New Hampshire, have been named the 2021 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year by the state tree farm program. Charles and Mabel Niebling bought a 67-acre tree farm in 2001. It has been under a written forest management plan...