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Former Colorado nuke site opens to public as wildlife refuge

Sep. 15, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Cyclists and hikers explored a newly opened wildlife refuge at the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado on Saturday, while a protester in a gas mask brought signs warning about the dangers of plutonium. With no fanfare, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opened the gates of...

The Latest: Ex-nuke site opens to public as wildlife refuge

Sep. 15, 2018 3:30 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the opening of a wildlife refuge at the site of a former nuclear weapons plant (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Cyclists and hikers are exploring a newly opened wildlife refuge at the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opened the...

Zinke seeks more state wildlife management on federal lands

Sep. 11, 2018 6:39 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Interior Department land managers have been ordered to review hunting and fishing regulations on department lands to determine how they conflict with state regulations. In a memo Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ordered the review with an eye toward deferring to state...

Reward offered in shooting of endangered California condor

Sep. 10, 2018 10:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The reward now totals $15,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting death of an endangered California condor. The condor was found with a gunshot wound in July on private property near the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Kern County. The bird later...

New Mexico national refuge to offer dove, quail hunting

Sep. 8, 2018 2:23 PM EDT

SEVILLETA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, N.M. (AP) — A national wildlife refuge along the Rio Grande in central New Mexico is among the 30 spots around the U.S. where federal officials are expanding hunting opportunities. The Interior Department announced Friday it's opening more than 390 square miles (1,015...

Wired Icelanders seek to keep remote peninsula digital-free

Sep. 6, 2018 4:27 AM EDT

HORNSTRANDIR, Iceland (AP) — The passenger boat arrives at the bottom of Veidileysufjordur, a short inlet with a long name, to drop off backpackers for a multi-day trek. A weather-beaten group that's completed the trip waits to board, eager to get back to a part of Iceland where they can reconnect with the...

Tiny Alaska village experiences boom in polar bear tourism

Sep. 5, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A tiny Alaska Native village has experienced a boom in tourism in recent years as polar bears spend more time on land than on diminishing Arctic sea ice. More than 2,000 people visited the northern Alaska village of Kaktovik on the Beaufort Sea last year to see polar bears in the...

113 dead turtles wash ashore on Mexican Pacific coast

Aug. 18, 2018 7:20 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican environmental authorities are investigating the deaths of more than 100 endangered sea turtles whose carcasses have turned up at a wildlife sanctuary on the Pacific coast of Chiapas state. The environmental protection agency on Saturday said 102 olive ridley, six hawksbill and...

Judge won't bar public from refuge that was once a nuke site

Aug. 9, 2018 8:15 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request to bar the public from a Colorado wildlife refuge that was once part of a nuclear weapons plant. Environmentalists and community activists had asked the judge to issue a preliminary injunction that would prohibit opening Rocky Flats National...