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Central Wyoming wildfire prompts evacuations

Aug. 9, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — A central Wyoming wildfire prompted evacuations of area residents after burning across several square miles. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said the fire about 50 miles north of Rawlins has burned almost three square miles (about seven square kilometers). It started Friday on...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, that if he's elected, his administration would stop a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. The mine would be built near headwaters of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. Conservation and local tribal groups say they fear the mine will devastate the fishery.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Biden vows to block Alaska mine project if elected

Aug. 9, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Sunday that if he’s elected, his administration would stop a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. “It is no place for a mine,” the former vice president said in a statement to news...

Maine asking for help finding pesky forest bugs

Aug. 9, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is asking residents to keep an eye on trees near their homes and neighborhoods for strange bugs. August is a peak time of the year to be able to observe invasive insects, which can do damage to trees in the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry...

3 state employees killed in West Texas helicopter crash

Aug. 9, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Three Texas Parks and Wildlife employees died after their helicopter crashed in a West Texas wildlife preserve, the department announced Sunday. The group was surveying desert bighorn sheep in the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area on Saturday when the helicopter went down, according...

Seal, whale response teams to get help for Maine effort

Aug. 9, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A pair of Maine institutions is receiving grants totaling nearly $200,000 to help with recovery efforts for stranded marine mammals. Marine mammals such as whales and seals sometimes wash up on New England shores in need of assistance. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Study looks at decades of bald eagle deaths in Michigan

Aug. 9, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A study of more than 30 years of data on bald eagles in Michigan shows the leading causes of death for the iconic national bird are being hit by cars and lead poisoning. The study was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of...

100th wildlife management area established in Vermont

Aug. 9, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

SHREWSBURY, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has established its 100th Wildlife Management Area. The 526-acre property in Shrewsbury is “a key parcel in a strategic, state-significant wildlife corridor, connecting state land to the north with federal and privately conserved...

Endangered Indiana bats losing habitat near Indiana airport

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana bat, a state and federally endangered species, spends the winter hibernating in caves. But, over time, one of its favorite springtime hangouts has increasingly become well, less bat friendly. That home? The area around the Indianapolis International Airport. As Indianapolis...

Western Michigan city OKs device to turn waste into a fuel

Aug. 8, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan city is moving ahead with a nearly $34 million project to equip its wastewater treatment plant with a egg-shaped device that will break down waste and turn it into a fuel. The Holland City Council voted Wednesday to approve a contract calling for construction of an...

Rural Maine water districts get federal help for improvement

Aug. 8, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — A pair of water districts in rural Maine areas is receiving nearly $5 million from the federal government to make upgrades. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing the money in the form of grants and loans to the Bridgton Water District and the Milo Water District. It's part...