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Appalachian Commission distributes $46 million for projects

Sep. 16, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission is granting more than $46 million for 57 economic projects in 10 states to promote workforce training and entrepreneurship and improve broadband. The projects will support “economic diversification” in the...

California wildfires threaten famous giant sequoia trees

Sep. 16, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Multiple forest fires on Thursday were threatening groves of gigantic sequoias in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains that are home to some of the world's largest trees. Flames would likely reach the famous Giant Forest in Sequoia...

Future of Lake Tahoe clarity in question as wildfires worsen

Sep. 16, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When a wildfire crested the mountains near North America's largest alpine lake, embers and ash that zipped across a smoky sky pierced Lake Tahoe’s clear blue waters. The evacuation order for thousands to flee their homes has been lifted, but...

High school student dies while hiking in White Mountains

Sep. 16, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

NAPLES, Maine (AP) — A Maine high school student suffered a medical emergency and died on a hiking trip in New Hampshire's White Mountains, officials said. Approximately 60 Lake Region High School students, or about half the senior class, participated along with staff...

Smoky Mountains park to hold town halls on Black history

Sep. 16, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials with Great Smoky Mountains National Park have scheduled three town hall events to introduce the public to the history of Blacks within and around the park. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Blacks in...

Wildlife biologist to speak on Smokies' reintroduced elk

Sep. 15, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A nonprofit group that works to document and share information about the plants and animals of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a free presentation Friday on elk. Speaker Joseph Yarkovich is a wildlife biologist who has worked...

Climber dies in Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Sep. 13, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Authorities say a 44-year-old man fell to his death while climbing in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado. KMGH-TV in Denver reports the Custer County Search and Rescue team was notified Saturday that a climber had not returned home from a...

3 climbers stranded on Pakistani mountain during descent

Sep. 12, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three climbers were stranded on Pakistan's Rakaposhi mountain while descending and efforts were being made Sunday to rescue them by helicopter, a Pakistani official said. Czech climbers Jakub Vicek and Peter Macek and Pakistani Wajidullah Nagri were...

Complaints mount against Mobile Home University's tactics

Sep. 12, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — Growing up in rural Michigan, Dawn Ketcham didn’t think much of mobile home parks and the people who lived there. “I thought they were trailer trash,” she said. Then Ketcham moved into the Central Manufactured Home...

3 sisters from Racine climb one of world's highest mountains

Sep. 11, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Elizabeth DeKraay Dunlap never wants to see an energy drink or energy bar again. “They’re just disgusting,” she said. Elizabeth, along with her two sisters, Carolyn DeKraay Dickens and Sarah DeKraay, had to drink an...