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In this March 27, 2020 photo, Shelly Clayton, center, walks up the Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., with her children Audrey Kuhar, 11, left, and Cooper Kuhar, 11. The park has closed restaurants, lodges, visitor centers, campgrounds and other services as it awaits approval from the federal government for a full shutdown. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

Grand Canyon National Park closes to visitors amid pandemic

Apr. 1, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Grand Canyon closed indefinitely to visitors Wednesday, joining other national parks seeking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Staff at the Grand Canyon had been shutting down visitors services piecemeal as the federal government initially rebuffed its request to shutter...

FILE - In this March 20, 2020, file photo, a resident of the Lambeth House, where a cluster of COVID-19 has formed, reacts from her balcony as opera singers Irini Hymel and Bryan Hymel sing to the quarantined residents in New Orleans. As coronavirus cases spike ever higher in Louisiana, the state's nursing homes, assisted living sites and adult residential care facilities are showing more and more

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Apr. 1, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

As hot spots flared around the United States in places like New Orleans, Detroit and Southern California, New York was the hardest hit of them all, with bodies loaded onto refrigerated morgue trucks by gurney and forklift outside overwhelmed hospitals. And the worst is yet to come, with Vice President Mike Pence...

In this March 27, 2020 photo, Shelly Clayton, center, walks up the Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., with her children Audrey Kuhar, 11, left, and Cooper Kuhar, 11. The park has closed restaurants, lodges, visitor centers, campgrounds and other services as it awaits approval from the federal government for a full shutdown. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

Calls mount to close Grand Canyon after resident gets virus

Mar. 31, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Calls mounted Tuesday for the federal government to close Grand Canyon National Park after the popular tourist destination saw its first case of the coronavirus in a hospitality worker. The man who tested positive for COVID-19 lived at a dorm within the park and worked at one of the...

Groups sue over continued grazing in Wyoming grizzly habitat

Mar. 31, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Conservation groups sued the U.S. government Tuesday over livestock grazing in a Wyoming forest, saying grizzly bears are too often killed by ranchers and wildlife managers for pursuing cattle in such settings. Forest officials decided in October to allow livestock grazing to continue...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 1996, file photo, tourists cast their shadows on the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around the national park as New Mexico's congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development from getting closer to the World Heritage site. Navajo Nation delegates voted Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to support a buffer only half the size of the one proposed in legislation pending in Congress. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

Groups: More time needed to weigh New Mexico drilling plan

Mar. 30, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Archaeologists, historians and environmentalists are joining New Mexico's congressional delegation and a coalition of Native American tribes in asking federal land managers to grant more time for the public to comment on a contested plan that will guide oil and gas development near...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 file photo, a bison walks through the snow in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley near Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. Park officials said hundreds of bison were removed from the park's herds this winter by hunters and a controversial slaughter program. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File )

Yellowstone slaughters wild bison to shrink park's herds

Mar. 30, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is done capturing wild bison for the year after rounding up almost 550 of the wild animals and sending most to slaughter as part of a population control program, park officials said. The culling is carried out under a legal agreement between federal and...

In this handout photograph taken Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and provided by Jack Hagan, Drew Anderson is shown on the top of Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne, Colo. The outdoors has become a great escape for people as the new cronoavirus creates a wave of turbulent times. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing heath problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Photo Courtesy of Jack Hagan via The AP)

Call to the wild: Great outdoors an escape in tough times

Mar. 29, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

Jim Klug's office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips. It's a stressful time for the co-owner of a fishing travel company as he postpones and re-books international and domestic expeditions due the coronavirus pandemic. The best way for him...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2012, file photo, snow covers the entrance sign to Glacier National Park in West Glacier, Mont. Three more of America's most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus even as the Trump administration sticks to its decision to waive entrance fees at the parks. Glacier in Montana and Arches and Canyonlands in Utah announced their decisions to close Friday, March 27, 2020, just days after several other well-known parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton and the Great Smoky Mountains did the same. (AP Photo/Matt Volz, File)

3 more national parks close to prevent coronavirus spread

Mar. 28, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three more of America's most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus even as the Trump administration sticks to its decision to waive entrance fees at the parks. ...

$35M set aside for Alaska mining access road amid pandemic

Mar. 28, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority Board of Directors have voted during an emergency meeting to set aside $35 million for a mining road in northwest Alaska, bypassing standard requirements for taking loans from its revolving fund. Authority President Tom Boutin...

In this Jan. 11, 2020 photo, waves from a storm batter the Lake Michigan shoreline along Beverly Shores, Indiana. Leaders of several communities along Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline are calling on Gov. Eric Holcomb to declare a state of emergency and funding aid to fight erosion as near record high water levels continue sweeping away beaches important to local tourism. (Rafi Wilkinson via AP)

Communities urge Indiana to help fight Lake Michigan erosion

Mar. 28, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) — Leaders of several communities along Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline are calling on Gov. Eric Holcomb to declare a state of emergency and help with funding to fight erosion as near-record high water levels continue sweeping away beaches important to tourism. Beverly...