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Partnership keeps private Colorado 14ers open to hikers

Jul. 23, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

MOSQUITO RANGE, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Fourteeners Initiative trail builder Sarah Barringer looked up from her trail work on the switchback heading to the ridge below Mount Bross. A man was taking a shortcut, causing the kind of erosion that she was repairing. “Please stay on the...

Portugal battles wildfires amid drought, heat; 29 injured

Jul. 10, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — More than 3,000 firefighters and 30 aircraft battled wildfires Sunday in Portugal that authorities say have injured 29 people. Authorities said 12 firefighters and 17 civilians required medical assistance to treat minor injuries caused by the blazes, as...

Portugal on wildfire alert amid heat wave and severe drought

Jul. 08, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s government on Friday declared an eight-day state of alert due to a heightened risk of wildfires, as the drought-stricken country prepares for a heat wave packing temperatures as high as 43 degrees Celsius (109 degrees Fahrenheit). The torrid...

North Carolina town helps emergency vehicles reach beach

Jul. 05, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina coastal town has acted to help rescue workers gain easier access to the beach, a move that addresses a potential issue in reaching the shore in an emergency. Officials in Oak Island say the town has 65 public beach access locations, but...

Big landowner closing California forests due to fire danger

Jun. 27, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

ANDERSON, Calif. (AP) — Swaths of private California forestlands will be closed to the public starting this week due to extreme drought and risk of wildfires, the owner announced. Sierra Pacific Industries said the closure will take effect July 1 and will remain in effect until...

GOP hopes to carry Virginia success into US House races

Jun. 19, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A GOP sweep of Virginia’s 2021 statewide elections — and particularly Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s win — appears to have energized the Republican field in two of the country’s most competitive U.S. House races. Tuesday’s crowded Republican congressional...

Lexington plans new park with access to Kentucky River

May. 31, 2022 04:18 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A new park that will allow public access to the Kentucky River is planned in Fayette County. The city plans to purchase 30 acres (12 hectares) on the river near the Interstate 75 bridge into Madison County, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said last week in a...

Seaside towns offer free beach passes to Native Americans

May. 28, 2022 07:40 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Seaside communities in New England are providing free beach access to Native Americans as the summer season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend. Officials in Narragansett, Rhode Island, earlier this month approved free seasonal beach passes for anyone with a valid...

Court declines to disturb Lake Michigan beach access ruling

May. 26, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — A federal appeals court has declined to disturb an Indiana Supreme Court ruling, later codified into Indiana law, which declared that Lake Michigan's shoreline is — and always has been — owned by the state for the public’s use. In Wednesday's 3-0 decision,...