Latest Deserts News

In Mississippi backwater, flood rises after weeks of waiting

Mar. 12, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

ROLLING FORK, Miss. (AP) — For decades, Peggy Sellars and her husband George have warily watched periodic floodwaters inundate the land around their home in the Mississippi Delta, but the dwelling always remained dry — until this year. After weeks of fearful waiting, rising water finally got their...

Rain brings 2nd California super bloom in 2 years

Mar. 8, 2019 11:59 AM EST

BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — It started with the desert lilies in December. Since then a wave of wildflower blooms has been crescendoing across Southern California's Anza-Borrego desert in a burst of color so vivid it can be seen from mountain tops thousands of feet above. Two years after steady rains...

Authorities remove cougar from tree outside California home

Feb. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EST

HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have rescued a very big cat — a mountain lion — from a tree outside a home in the Southern California desert. The homeowner called authorities Saturday after spotting the animal near the edge of the San Bernardino Mountains. San Bernardino County...

Seal takeovers, downed trees: Parks clean up post-shutdown

Feb. 1, 2019 8:20 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — National park visitors cut new trails in sensitive soil. They pried open gates while no one was watching. They found bathrooms locked, so they went outside. One off-roader even mowed down an iconic twisted-limbed Joshua tree in California. During the 35-day government shutdown, some...

The Latest: Death Valley calls shutdown effects 'disturbing'

Feb. 1, 2019 7:41 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on efforts to clean up and repair damage at national parks after the government shutdown (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Officials at Death Valley National Park in California say the impact of human waste and trash left by visitors during the government shutdown is...