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Search for missing Lake Tahoe boater now a recovery effort

Aug. 13, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

GLENBROOK, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a search at Lake Tahoe for a New Jersey man who sent missing during a boating trip over the weekend. The Coast Guard responded to a report of an unmanned boat drifting near the lake’s east shore in the vicinity of Glenbrook at about 6 p.m....

Editorial Roundup: New York

Aug. 13, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Could the Beirut Explosion Be a Turning Point for Lebanon? The New York Times Aug. 12 The appalling negligence that left more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate sitting for more than six years at Lebanon’s port in...

Michigan officials investigate fish kill on Escanaba River

Aug. 13, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are investigating a fish kill that affected a dozen species on the middle branch of the Escanaba River in the Upper Peninsula. The die-off was reported Aug. 9 on the 52-mile-long river, which is popular with anglers, officials said Wednesday. It happened near...

Residents told to evacuate as wildfire in Gorge area grows

Aug. 13, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire that started between Hood River and The Dalles in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge grew quickly Wednesday afternoon, prompting mandatory evacuations. The Oregon Department of Forestry tweeted about the fire near Mosier Creek Road at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, The...

Water flows from a showerhead on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Portland, Ore. The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow. But consumer and conservation groups said the Department of Energy’s proposed loosening of a 28-year-old energy law is silly, unnecessary and wasteful, especially as the West bakes through a historic two-decade-long megadrought. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Let it flow: Trump administration eases showerhead rules

Aug. 12, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn't getting wet enough. Publicly talking about the need to keep his hair “perfect,” President Donald Trump has made...

Bat at Grand Canyon National Park tested positive for rabies

Aug. 12, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A bat collected along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park has tested positive for rabies, authorities said. Park officials said the bat was found Aug. 6 at the Whitmore Helipad and didn’t come in contact with any visitors . Grand Canyon National...

Feds: Ohio man pleads guilty to purchasing tiger skin rug

Aug. 12, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who bought a tiger skin rug in violation of the federal endangered species act pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge, the government said. Ryan Gibbs of Cincinnati must serve a year on probation, perform 80 hours of community service, and donate $100,000 to a...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, file photo released by the U.S. Forest Service smoke from the Nethker Fire billows into the air at Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho. A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling. The decision Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, halts for the second time a 125-square-mile project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to improve fish passage, prescribed burning, the closing of some roads and restoration of Ponderosa pine ecosystems. (U.S. Forest Service via AP,File)

Giant Idaho forest project on hold again after court ruling

Aug. 12, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling. The decision Tuesday halts for the second time a 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest that includes...

Sockeye salmon return to central Idaho, numbers still low

Aug. 12, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Wildlife experts have reported more than a dozen sockeye salmon returned to Redfish Lake in central Idaho after reporting a record-low number of salmon last year. State Department of Fish and Game fishery experts Dan Baker and John Powell said that sockeye salmon survival is not totally...

Meetings canceled as New Mexico agency stretches resources

Aug. 11, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A panel that oversees water quality and permitting issues across New Mexico was forced to cancel its scheduled meeting Tuesday, marking the second time in as many months that the state Environment Department finds itself without the staff needed to organize meetings for the boards...