Latest Mountains News

Hundreds evacuated as fire burns near California's Big Sur

Jan. 23, 2022 16:04 PM EST

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of residents remained evacuated Sunday as crews battled a wildfire in rugged mountains along the California coast that forced the closure of the main roadway near Big Sur. One structure, a yurt, was destroyed by the blaze that broke out Friday in a...

Montana ski town hosts military members who served in Kabul

Jan. 23, 2022 12:57 PM EST

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — Carlin Houston, a 23-year-old paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment, traversed the slopes of Big Mountain with relative ease, looking every bit the part of a seasoned snowboarder — Flylow jacket, baggy Goretex pants, mirrored goggles —...

FBI: Laundrie admitted killing Gabby Petito in notebook

Jan. 21, 2022 17:57 PM EST

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The boyfriend of slain cross-country traveler Gabby Petito admitted killing her in a notebook discovered near his body in a Florida swamp, the FBI announced Friday. It was the first time authorities squarely pinned the blame for Petito’s death on Brian...

Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw 14.1M visits in '21

Jan. 21, 2022 04:13 AM EST

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw 14.1 million visits in 2021, topping the record from 2019 by 1.5 million. Officials say the park also set eight monthly visitation records during winter and spring months last year. Acting...

University regents adopt Hawaii mountain management plan

Jan. 20, 2022 22:42 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii’s board of regents on Thursday adopted a draft plan for management of land on Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest mountain, where an embattled giant telescope project has sparked discord about land-use decisions. Those who oppose construction of...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jan. 19, 2022 18:09 PM EST

Bowling Green Daily News. January 16, 2022. Editorial: Stand up for school councils Ever since the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act, local control has been a centerpiece of school governance across Kentucky. The Kentucky Supreme Court had ruled in...

Celeb-heavy Los Angeles suburb gets tough on water wasters

Jan. 19, 2022 18:06 PM EST

In a wealthy enclave nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains that is a haven for celebrities, residents now face more aggressive consequences for wasting water — including the threat of having their water flows slowed to a trickle if they repeatedly flout conservation rules. The Las...

Small town is against big quarry near Penobscot River

Jan. 18, 2022 21:08 PM EST

HEAGAN MOUNTAIN, Maine (AP) — A dispute is heating up between residents of a small town on the Penobscot River and a Virginia-based mining company that wants to quarry granite there, after the company applied for two key permits last month. Salmons, Inc. has already purchased most...

US plans $50B wildfire fight where forests meet civilization

Jan. 18, 2022 18:08 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Tuesday it will significantly expand efforts to stave off catastrophic wildfires that have torched areas of the U.S. West by more aggressively thinning forests around “hot spots” where nature and neighborhoods collide. As...

In tiny Wyoming town, Bill Gates bets big on nuclear power

Jan. 18, 2022 17:21 PM EST

KEMMERER, Wyoming (AP) — In this sleepy Wyoming town that has relied on coal for over a century, a company founded by the man who revolutionized personal computing is launching an ambitious project to counter climate change: A nationwide reboot of nuclear energy technology. Until...