Latest Mountains News

As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist

Dec. 13, 2019 12:09 PM EST

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif. (AP) — Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. Their goal: To protect communities such as Redwood Estates, where...

Rockies, Oberg agree to $13 million, 3-year deal

Dec. 11, 2019 9:43 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Right-hander Scott Oberg and the Colorado Rockies agreed Wednesday to a $13 million, three-year contract with a club option for 2023 that could make the deal worth $21 million over four seasons. Oberg gets $2 million next season, $4 million in 2021 and $7 million in 2022, and the Rockies'...

In Sweden's Arctic, ice atop snow leaves reindeer starving

Dec. 10, 2019 6:17 AM EST

KIRUNA, Sweden (AP) — Thick reindeer fur boots and a fur hat covering most of his face shielded Niila Inga from freezing winds as he raced his snowmobile up to a mountain top overlooking his reindeer in the Swedish arctic. His community herds about 8,000 reindeer year-round, moving them between...

North Korea opens mountain spa, ski resort in tourism push

Dec. 9, 2019 3:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un opened a new mountain spa and ski resort that's intended for people to enjoy “high civilization under socialism” in another example of the country using tourism exemptions in sanctions to build revenue for its broken economy. Kim cut...

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

Dec. 5, 2019 2:36 AM EST

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into the town center, the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest...

Kim again rides horse up sacred peak as N. Korea raps Trump

Dec. 4, 2019 10:15 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rode a white horse up a sacred mountain in his second symbolic visit in less than two months, state media reported Wednesday, as his military chief lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for talking about a possible military option against the...

Men get plea deal in Smokies sexual assault of homeless men

Dec. 3, 2019 5:15 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two men accused of taking homeless men to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to rape them have agreed to a plea deal. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Dusty Oliver and Richard Graham have each agreed to plead guilty to two charges of aiding and abetting an aggravated sexual...

Research team to take fresh look at delicate artifacts

Dec. 2, 2019 6:11 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandals and baskets that have withstood the ravages of time will be among the perishable artifacts analyzed by a team of scientists looking to learn more about a corner of the southwestern United States that was first excavated decades ago. Depending on what they uncover, officials...

Snow threat shuts Blue Ridge Parkway segments, Smokies roads

Dec. 2, 2019 3:40 PM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and U.S. 441 through Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been closed because of heavy snow predictions. The Charlotte Observer reports the agency announced the closures Monday citing hazardous...

Correction: California Wildfires story

Nov. 30, 2019 11:16 AM EST

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 26 about a California wildfire in the mountains north of Santa Barbara, The Associated Press reported erroneously the year Rudy Gruber evacuated his home. It was 2008, not 1978. A corrected version of the story is below: Most people who fled California wildfire allowed...