Latest Mountains News

Western wildfires calm down in cool weather, but losses grow

Jul. 27, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

INDIAN FALLS, Calif. (AP) — Cooler weather on Tuesday helped calm two gigantic wildfires in the U.S. West, but property losses mounted in a tiny California community savaged by flames last weekend and in a remote area of Oregon that are both bracing for more hot, dry conditions that have...

Smoke fouls air as fires, heat hammer US northern Rockies

Jul. 27, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Record-breaking heat was forecast to return Tuesday to the U.S. northern Rockies, where thick smoke from dozens of large wildfires drove pollution readings to unhealthy levels. Unhealthy air was recorded around most of Montana's larger cities —...

Court ruling halts northern Idaho logging project

Jul. 26, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal court has temporarily halted a northern Idaho logging project in grizzly bear habitat following a lawsuit contending the U.S. Forest Service violated environmental laws. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled Friday in favor of the...

Pakistani official: Scottish climber dies in avalanche on K2

Jul. 26, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A renowned Scottish climber died in an avalanche while attempting to scale K2 in northern Pakistan, the world’s second-highest mountain peak, a Pakistani mountaineering official and a British charity said Monday. Rescuers meanwhile located the bodies...

Hiker dies on Mount Carrigan in White Mountains

Jul. 25, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

LIVERMORE, N.H. (AP) — A hiker was pronounced dead on Saturday after being found unconscious on Mount Carrigan in the White Mountains, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. A 911 call came in around 12:30 p.m. reporting a hiker who was found...

Flathead forest continues work to restore whitebark pine

Jul. 24, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — Tiny whitebark pine trees just a few inches tall peaked out from behind old stumps and logs along a mountainside just outside of Whitefish Mountain Resort’s boundary near the Hellroaring Basin. Dedicated workers from the Flathead National...

Messy Grand Teton camp draws bear; Idaho woman fined $5.8K

Jul. 23, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has ordered an Idaho woman to pay over $5,800 for leaving trash out that attracted a grizzly bear to her campsite in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. Wildlife officials had to tranquilize the bear and move it by boat elsewhere in the park...

Sun Valley Resort's famed ski area getting forest makeover

Jul. 23, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — A multiyear project to improve forest health in and around one of the nation’s top ski destinations has begun in central Idaho. The 10-year Bald Mountain Stewardship Project is intended in part to reduce the chances of a wildfire at Sun Valley...

Alabama woman offers $2,000 for rings lost at Georgia resort

Jul. 23, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — An Alabama woman is offering a $2,000 reward after losing her rings while visiting a Georgia resort. Erin Ward of Thorsby, Alabama, visited the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens last week, The LaGrange Daily News reported. ...

Hiker injured, rescued off Phoenix mountain 24 hours later

Jul. 23, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An injured hiker has been rescued off a Phoenix mountain after being unable to call for help for about 24 hours, authorities said. The 34-year-old man, whose name hasn’t been released, was forced to stay on the mountain overnight Wednesday. ...