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FILE - In this July 11, 2002, file photo, Kathleen Ramsay gets the attention of Manchado, a Mexican spotted owl at the Wildlife Center near Espanola, N.M. Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited timber activities and restoration projects on national forest lands in New Mexico and Arizona pending the outcome of a legal battle over the threatened Mexican spotted owl. (AP Photo/Neil Jacobs, File)

Judge approves agreement to end dispute over threatened owl

Oct. 28, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. judge approved an agreement between environmentalists and federal managers that will clear the way for both forest restoration efforts and logging to resume in the Southwest. The judge’s order was filed Wednesday, a day after the sides announced they had reached the...

FILE - In this July 31, 2013, file photo, tourists visiting the Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest are reflected in a pool of water as they make their way to Nugget Falls in Juneau, Alaska. The U.S. Forest Service announced plans Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, to lift restrictions on road building and logging in Tongass National Forest, a largely pristine rainforest in southeast Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Road, logging restrictions to end in largest national forest

Oct. 28, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government announced plans Wednesday to lift restrictions on logging and building roads in a pristine rainforest in Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it has...

FILE - In this July 11, 2002, file photo, Kathleen Ramsay gets the attention of Manchado, a Mexican spotted owl at the Wildlife Center near Espanola, N.M. Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited timber activities and restoration projects on national forest lands in New Mexico and Arizona pending the outcome of a legal battle over the threatened Mexican spotted owl. (AP Photo/Neil Jacobs, File)

Agreement ends dispute over threatened Mexican spotted owl

Oct. 27, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited timber activities and restoration projects on...

Police seize 75K marijuana plants from Los Padres forest

Oct. 27, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — About 75,000 marijuana plants were seized and 11 suspects were arrested by authorities in Southern California during an investigation into illegal grows in Los Padres National Forest. The Ventura County sheriff's office said in a statement Monday that the quantities represent a...

US pulls appeal of ruling that blocked Alaska timber sale

Oct. 27, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government withdrew an appeal of a court ruling stopping one of the largest old-growth timber sales in Alaska's Tongass National Forest. The U.S. Justice Department planned to pursue the case in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals but reversed course and withdrew the...

FILE - In this May 15, 2018 file photo, Alek Skarlatos, right, speaks at the Douglas County Republican Party headquarters in Roseburg, Ore. Skarlatos, who in 2015 helped thwart an attack by a gunman on a Paris-bound train, faces longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio in the November election. (Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via AP, File)

Paris train attack hero makes bid for Congress from Oregon

Oct. 26, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In 2015, Alek Skarlatos and two friends thwarted an attack by a gunman on a Paris-bound train, a dramatic and heroic action that was made into a movie by Clint Eastwood in which the trio starred as themselves. Now, Skarlatos, 28, is hoping to ride his moment of fame to get a seat in...

Research identifies 91 more species of spiders in Maine

Oct. 25, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — There are more creepy-crawlies than previously known in Maine. The Maine Forest Service's newly released Checklist of Maine Spiders identifies 677 different species of spiders. That includes 91 additional species that were identified during the project. The checklist is the result of...

White Mountain National Forest rescinds fire restrictions

Oct. 25, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Restrictions on setting fires in the White Mountain National Forest have been lifted now that the region has gotten more rain. Forest officials enacted rules Sept. 25 that allowed fires only in metal fire rings, pits or pole mounted grills provided by the U.S. Fire Service in...

Vicksburg eatery helping student with her bears research

Oct. 24, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Everybody knows bears like honey, but it seems they like donuts, too. Several weeks ago, Mississippi State University doctoral student Lacy Dolan made a stop at one of the Divine Donut shops in Vicksburg. While it may have been tempting to order up a few of the confections for...

More fire restrictions imposed as New Mexico waits for rain

Oct. 23, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More national forests are imposing fire restrictions as New Mexico waits for some much needed rain. The Cibola National Forest is implementing the first stage of restrictions Friday on the Mount Taylor, Magdalena, Mountainair and Sandia ranger districts. That means no campfires or...