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Tensions rise in water battle along Oregon-California line

Apr. 12, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of the worst droughts in memory in a massive agricultural region straddling the California-Oregon border could mean steep cuts to irrigation water for hundreds of farmers this summer to sustain endangered fish species critical to local tribes. ...

Crews work to contain 2 small wildfires on Rio Chama bosque

Apr. 12, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

ABIQUIU, N.M. (AP) — Crews were working Sunday to fully contain two small wildfires on the Rio Chama bosque near Abiquiu that forced some evacuations of residents. Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s officials said evacuations were lifted Saturday night and the cause of the...

Water-worried Vegas wants useless grass a thing of the past

Apr. 12, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation with a first-in-the-nation policy banning grass that nobody walks on. Las Vegas-area water officials have spent two decades trying to...

New wildlife management area opens in eastern Kentucky

Apr. 12, 2021 04:20 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A new wildlife management area has opened in eastern Kentucky. The Ross Creek Wildlife Management Area spans nearly 1,000 acres (405 hectares) across a bend in the Kentucky River near Lock and Dam 13 in Estill and Lee counties, the Department for...

Missouri River managers turn attention from flood to drought

Apr. 12, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — With anticipated continued drought, flooding likely won’t be an issue this year in the upper Missouri River basin, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal officials. Despite recent rainfall, the Yankton region remains a...

Water conservation urged in Massachusetts amid dry spell

Apr. 11, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials are urging residents to conserve water as drought conditions impact much of the state. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs said Friday that significant drought has been declared in the southeast region of...

2-week deer season approved, rifles banned from turkey hunts

Apr. 11, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

HARRIBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has approved concurrent hunting for antlered and antlerless deer through the duration of the 2021-22 firearms deer season. LNP newspaper reports that commission members acknowledged at their spring meeting Saturday...

Louisiana to take orders for oyster larvae beginning Monday

Apr. 11, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it will start taking orders for oyster larvae through its online portal on Monday morning. The Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery typically gets about 20 to 30 orders a year for oyster...

Land trust acquires 38 acres along northern Indiana river

Apr. 11, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. (AP) — Nearly 40 acres in northern Indiana that includes wooded wetlands that are home to wildlife and native plants have been acquired by a land trust for protection as a nature preserve. The nonprofit ACRES Land Trust acquired the 38 acres along the...

Art grows from nature in outdoor sculpture 'Hedgerow'

Apr. 11, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — On a beautiful April morning, one log intended for an art installation proved to be a little too heavy to stay upright. Luckily, no people or pickup trucks were damaged as it toppled. A few deliveries by horse and cart later, Floyd County artist...