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New Mexican weaver joins university wool heritage project

Dec. 05, 2021 15:21 PM EST

CHIMAYÓ, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State University initiative aims to help secure the future of a pair of centuries-old practices in the state: herding sheep and weaving their wool into designs, both spectacular and utilitarian. The Wool Heritage Project’s inaugural...

Jonesport fish farm buys land, receives DEP approval

Dec. 05, 2021 12:05 PM EST

JONESPORT, Maine (AP) — A Dutch-owned firm looking to build a $110 million land-based fish farm in Jonesport has acquired property and received final permits from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The approval of the final DEP permits and the purchase of...

First whooping cranes of season arrive at Alabama refuge

Dec. 05, 2021 10:20 AM EST

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — The first whooping cranes of the season have arrived at Alabama's Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge along the Tennessee River. The Decatur Daily reported that the endangered birds, which spend the winter at the 35,000-acre (14,164-hectare) refuge in...

Across the Mid-Atlantic, giant oak trees are dying

Dec. 05, 2021 09:03 AM EST

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) — Jason and Aga Jones loved the magnificent oak tree that was once the centerpiece of their backyard. In 2013 — a year after they bought their home in Takoma Park, Md. — they restored a circular stone retaining wall around the base of the tree. In 2019, they added...

Infrastructure law includes millions for animal crossings

Dec. 05, 2021 08:02 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Motorists and truckers aren’t the only ones to benefit from the recently signed $1.2 trillion infrastructure law, which includes the largest investment in road and bridges in a generation. Wildlife will experience a lifesaving benefit if states...

Invasive tegu lizards survive cold and eat tortoise babies

Dec. 05, 2021 03:14 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Argentine black and white tegu is multiplying and mobilizing in the backwoods and backyards of the Sunshine State — a creature more ominous than pythons because of its cold hardiness and indiscriminate palate. Wildlife officials have...

Land company says WA violated state law with $304,000 fine

Dec. 04, 2021 12:03 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A southeast Washington land company is appealing a $304,000 fine over water use, saying the Washington state Department of Ecology acted unlawfully. The Department of Ecology fined Frank Tiegs LLC in Pasco for allegedly irrigating land from the...

Rancher went to the big city, returned to the life he loves

Dec. 04, 2021 10:40 AM EST

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — While he left his family’s sprawling ranch for several years to attend college and work in Phoenix, John Ladd always knew where his heart was. It was back on the property that his mother’s family homesteaded in 1895 just outside Bisbee right off...

Power loss at Oregon hatchery means smaller salmon, trout

Dec. 04, 2021 10:17 AM EST

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Species like Chinook salmon, steelhead, and rainbow trout at a hatchery in southern Oregon will not grow as large as usual this winter. The Cole Rivers fish hatchery heats its water from October through April. But last April, a cable that connected...

Dog owned by Massachusetts family wins AKC Humane Fund award

Dec. 04, 2021 10:02 AM EST

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A dog owned by a Massachusetts family has been named one of five recipients of this year's AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence. The winners of the awards for hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners...