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June Alexander looks across the canyon from her property at a hillside that was burned by the Cameron Peak Fire on Sept. 16, 2020 in Bellevue, Colorado. The fire burned right to the road just below her property. The fire has burned 102,596 acres and is currently 15% contained. Alexander owns CanyonSide Campground in Bellevue about 35 miles from La Porte up Poudre Canyon Road or Colorado Highway 14. She has been evacuated from the area since August 13th when the Cameron Peak fire ignited and threatened her home and business. Since then she has lived in her RV and spent the last week in a hotel. She has been allowed back a couple of times to retrieve medicine for her dog, water her plants etc. She has not lost her property but many of the buildings smell of smoke. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)

Residents debate mountain living amid wildfire concerns

Sep. 26, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

RED FEATHER LAKES, Colo. (AP) — Amanda Harmon spent years dreaming of living in Colorado’s mountains. And she worked for it, too. Seven days a week, Harmon waited tables at a golf course and cleaned vacation rentals here, a remote community of 400 people west of Fort Collins that locals quietly...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 1974, file photo, Evel Knievel sits in the steam-powered rocket motorcycle that will hopefully take him across Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho. Evel Knievel’s son is on a collision course with the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar over a movie daredevil character named Duke Caboom. A federal trademark infringement lawsuit filed Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas accuses the moviemaker of improperly basing the “Toy Story 4” character on Knievel. (AP Photo, File)

Evel Knievel's son suing Disney over 'Toy Story 4' character

Sep. 24, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Evel Knievel's son is on a collision course with the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar over a movie daredevil character named Duke Caboom. A federal trademark infringement lawsuit filed in Las Vegas accuses the movie company of improperly basing the new character in last year’s “Toy...

Hidden History Weekend starts Friday in West Virginia

Sep. 24, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — Southern West Virginia's hidden history will be highlighted during an event this weekend. The 12th annual Hidden History Weekend runs Friday through Sunday. The National Park Service says the free event is at New River Gorge National River, the National Coal Heritage Area, Hinton...

Kings Canyon, Yosemite parks reopen as air quality improves

Sep. 23, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Kings Canyon National Park reopened to visitors on Wednesday and Yosemite National Park will welcome back visitors on Friday as air quality improves. Both parks closed last Thursday when smoke from the sixth-largest wildfire in recorded California history created...

Broken water pump leads to restrictions at Grand Canyon

Sep. 23, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors to the Grand Canyon's North Rim are being asked to conserve water until a pump deep in the canyon can be fixed. Portable toilets have been set up to replace flushing ones that were available to the public, Grand Canyon National Park officials said Tuesday....

Virus-related travel decline hits Las Vegas helicopter tours

Sep. 20, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The plummeting of international travel in the wake of COVID-19 has put dozens of helicopter tour pilots and staffers out of work in southern Nevada. Several companies known for scenic tour flights to the Las Vegas Strip and Grand Canyon have cut significant slices of their staff to mirror...

Park wildlife tech 1 of few Hispanics in WNC outdoors jobs

Sep. 19, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Armed only with a paintball gun, and a Park Service badge, Brandon Garcia knew he was all that stood between a black bear, a horde of tourists, and something going terribly hairy. As a wildlife intern at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, part of Garcia’s job was to assist...

Utah state lawmaker may pay fine for ATV protest ride

Sep. 18, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state representative who was found guilty several years ago of leading an illegal ATV protest ride through a southern Utah canyon has been given one month to pay in full the $96,000 in restitution he owes. The arrangement was made after an attorney for Utah state Rep. Phil Lyman...

More call for pause as US weighs New Mexico drilling plan

Sep. 18, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists want federal land managers to suspend efforts to amend a plan that would guide oil and gas development and other activities near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. They sent a letter Thursday to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, saying the coronavirus...

Don Myron poses for a photo at his mother's home in Woodburn, Ore., on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Myron says he used a green plastic chair as a shield from a huge, deadly wildfire as he sheltered from the flames on a rock in the middle of a river.

Man shelters from wildfire flames in Oregon river

Sep. 17, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

LYONS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man says he used a green plastic chair as a shield from a huge, deadly wildfire as he sheltered from the flames on a rock in the middle of a river. “Everything around me was on fire,” Don Myron, 56, told the Statesman Journal newspaper. “That chair helped...