Latest Mountains News

Project aims to preserve an Arizona tribe's cultural history

Oct. 18, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

MOHAVE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Hidden away in Christmas Tree Pass near the Arizona-Nevada border, more than 700 petroglyphs can be found at Grapevine Canyon. The petroglyphs, which were carved into the canyon rocks sometime between 1100 and 1900 AD, are a reminder that...

Fire crews make big gains against Southern California blaze

Oct. 17, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews made significant progress overnight against a wildfire burning for nearly a week in Southern California coastal mountains, officials said Sunday. More than 1,600 firefighters were battling the blaze in the Santa Ynez Mountains...

US agency releases report aimed at Alaska aviation safety

Oct. 15, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal report aimed at improving aviation safety in Alaska recommends improvements in providing weather information to pilots and continued work to update maps with information on mountain passes, among other steps. The Federal Aviation...

California highway reopens but fire still a threat to homes

Oct. 14, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A key Southern California highway closed for days because of a wildfire was reopened Thursday evening but authorities warned that flames still posed a threat to remote properties in a coastal mountain range. The Alisal Fire has charred more...

Vegas police: Remains of missing woman found near mountain

Oct. 13, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say remains found near a mountain on the southern outskirts of metro Las Vegas have been identified as that of a 26-year-old woman missing since December 2020. Las Vegas police announced Wednesday that Henderson police on Sept. 6 responded...

Crew rescues 2 hikers northeast of Seattle in heavy snow

Oct. 12, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

GRANITE FALLS, Wash. (AP) — A search-and-rescue team found two hikers stranded in whiteout conditions Monday northeast of Seattle on Three Fingers mountain in the Cascades. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit was alerted around 11 a.m. Sunday...

Snowstorm hits Utah mountain race, dozens of runners rescued

Oct. 10, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — An unexpected snowstorm forced the rescue of dozens of runners in a long-distance trail race in the mountains of northern Utah. None of the 87 or so runners rescued Saturday was hospitalized though several were treated for hypothermia and one was...

1st mountain lion in California released back to wild dies

Oct. 09, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) — The first mountain lion to be rehabilitated and returned to the wild in California has been found dead, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday. The female cougar nicknamed Monrovia had been treated and released back into the wild...

Fate of the northwest Colorado wolf pack remains a mystery

Oct. 09, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — On a hazy July afternoon, wolf expert Karin Vardaman returned to a spring-fed pond in Colorado’s northwestern-most corner. Enough rain had fallen to wet the ground around the watering hole. She tiptoed across the soft earth — careful not to disturb any impressions left by...

Wyoming race takes distance runners off road in Red Desert

Oct. 09, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Runners trickled across the finish line all afternoon. Windswept, beaming, the triumphant finishers jogged between a pair of wooden barrels marking the end of the race. They collected high-fives and congratulations and meal vouchers and the wooden...