Latest Mountains News

Ski patrol, paramedic jobs lead to career as flight medic

Jun. 13, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

BIGFORK, Mont. (AP) — Fletcher Anderson’s first experience with ALERT, an air ambulance operated by Logan Health, occurred at just 7 years old when he watched as one of the iconic red choppers landed in front of his house. As he grew older, his run-ins with ALERT became more frequent. ...

W.Va. community says coal dust is taking its breath away

Jun. 12, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

EUNICE, W.Va. (AP) — Eunice should have been Becky Rectenwald’s place to settle. The dust settled there instead. Rectenwald, 58, moved to the former Raleigh County mining town from Marmet nearly four years ago for cleaner air and a larger yard for...

Summer tourism proves lucrative for winter mountain resorts

Jun. 12, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) — While mountain resorts are primarily known for picturesque skiing and snowboarding during winter months, summer tourism can be just as lucrative for business. For more than 20 years, Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Somerset County has offered...

Smokies visitors cited for feeding peanut butter to bear

Jun. 08, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Some visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been accused of feeding peanut butter to a bear. The feeding was captured on video, and rangers said the visitors confessed and were cited on Saturday, news outlets reported. ...

Corbin chosen to host annual Appalachian summit

Jun. 07, 2021 02:26 AM EDT

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — An annual summit focused on economic improvement in eastern Kentucky will be held in Corbin later this year instead of Pikeville, officials said. The host city for the 2021 Shaping Our Appalachian Region Summit on Oct. 13-14 was announced last week by...

Florida horse rescue center cares for wild mustangs

Jun. 06, 2021 06:52 AM EDT

Webster, Fla. (AP) — The white hieroglyphs running down the mustang’s big, brown neck, and the necks of all the horses like him, tell some of the story — if you can decipher the code. The big “U” with the peculiar crossbars is easy. That’s for the U.S....

Traumatized veterans heal through the power of nature

Jun. 05, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Mario Kovach stood at a trailhead near Hawk Mountain the other day, with the Appalachian Trail stretching to Maine one way and Georgia the other and a perfect blue sky spilling sunshine over everything — a red car parked on the side of the road, a gaggle of genial...

Psychology helps Wyoming winter athletes in off season

Jun. 05, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Big mountain freeskier Caite Zeliff is ditching her ski boots for a paragliding saddle, but her sports psychologist isn’t exactly thrilled. In fact, many health experts warn pro athletes may turn to summer sports like mountain biking (or...

Agents rescue 26 migrants stranded in Arizona borderlands

Jun. 04, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents in southern Arizona have rescued 26 migrants stranded in the mountains south of Interstate 8 amid rising summer temperatures. The agency said Friday the rescue took place Wednesday afternoon in the Tabletop...

Nathan Davis named director of Indian Affairs Commission

Jun. 04, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday named a Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa tribal leader as director of the state Indian Affairs Commission, saying his leadership experience and “bridge-building skills” will be valuable in the position. ...