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President Donald Trump poses for a photo during a signing ceremony for H.R. 1957 –

Park service gets new chief as new cash flows from Congress

Aug. 7, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced on Friday the surprise replacement of the 30-year parks veteran running the National Park Service, naming one of his advisers to run the agency instead as it begins to help divvy up a new, multi-billion dollar annual bequest from Congress. David Vela had been the...

Grand Teton seeks goat cull help after canceled air shoot

Aug. 7, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park is seeking volunteers to shoot nonnative mountain goats this fall after calling off a helicopter goat shoot amid criticism from Wyoming’s governor last winter. The new effort to eradicate the goats, deemed a threat to native bighorn sheep by...

Panel recommends Confederate statue remains on historic list

Aug. 6, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel has recommended that a Confederate statue remain on the National Register of Historic Places even after it is moved from a public space to private property. The statue of an unnamed Confederate soldier has been in downtown Bentonville since 1908 and listed on the...

This Tuesday, July 28, 2020 photo shows mayoral candidate Clarinda Vail outside the lodge she manages in Tusayan, Ariz. About 240 residents of Tusayan are registered to vote in the primary election that will decide the mayoral race Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

Longtime Tusayan resident is leading in bid to oust mayor

Aug. 5, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A woman who has long opposed massive development in Tusayan on the outskirts of Grand Canyon National Park had a strong lead in the mayoral race. Clarinda Vail had nearly 60% of the vote from Tuesday's primary election in her bid to oust the current mayor, Craig Sanderson. But the...

Conservation groups sue government over Alaska mining road

Aug. 5, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Conservation groups filed a lawsuit challenging a right-of-way permit through the Northwest Alaska wilderness for an industrial road to the Ambler mining district that was approved by the federal government. Trustees for Alaska and the Western Mining Action Project filed the...

President Donald Trump poses for a photo during a signing ceremony for H.R. 1957 –

Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

Aug. 4, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday that will devote nearly $3 billion a year to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands following its overwhelming approval by both parties in Congress. “There hasn’t...

Grizzly bear killed by wildlife officials after killing cow

Aug. 4, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say they have killed a grizzly bear after it killed a cow on private land in southwestern Montana outside Yellowstone National Park The adult male bear had killed a cow in Park County last week and was euthanized following consultations with the U.S. Fish and...

Passers-by wear masks out of concern for the coronavirus as they walk near the glass storefront, right, of an empty business location, in Boston's Downtown Crossing neighborhood, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

NASCAR race sent to North Carolina; Vermont inmates positive

Aug. 2, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

A look at COVID-19 news from around New England: ___ MAINE A Maine hospital that serves the area that includes Acadia National Park says multiple out-of-state visitors have sought advice after learning that the COVID-19 tests they took before leaving their home states came back positive. Bar Harbor’s...

4 bears hit by vehicles, 2 killed, in Yosemite National Park

Aug. 2, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Officials are urging drivers to slow down after four bears were struck by vehicles and two were killed in Yosemite National Park in recent weeks, according to a newspaper report. The surviving bears were believed to be seriously injured after being hit by vehicles...

This Tuesday, July 28, 2020 photo shows Tusayan, Ariz., Mayor Craig Sanderson posing outside the aircraft he flies for tours over the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. About 240 residents of Tusayan are registered to vote in the primary election that will decide the mayoral race Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

Incumbent mayor of tiny Arizona town faces longtime rival

Jul. 30, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) — Along a stretch of highway leading to the Grand Canyon, there's a hint of an upcoming election: hand-painted signs encourage voters to choose the candidate who says she'll represent everyone. Clarinda Vail is challenging the incumbent Mayor Craig Sanderson to oversee Tusayan —...