Latest Mountains News

Project adds biking, hiking trails in western North Carolina

Nov. 27, 2020 9:48 AM EST

NEBO, N.C. (AP) — A district inside a national park in western North Carolina has approved a project that will help sustain and expand its trail system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release that the Pisgah National Forest’s Grandfather Ranger District approved the Mortimer...

In this photo provided by the Wyoming Migration Initiative, migratory elk cross Granite Creek in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, on May 19, 2018. Big-game animals have traveled the same routes across Western landscapes for millennia but scientists only recently have discovered precisely where they go in pursuit of the best places to spend summer or wait out winter. Now the U.S. Geological Survey has published a collection of migration maps based on the latest research using GPS tracking and statistical analysis techniques. (Gregory Nickerson/Wyoming Migration Initiative, University of Wyoming via AP)

New migration maps serve as tools to help big game in West

Nov. 26, 2020 11:36 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their ability to squeeze through a fence — a discovery made by scientists using wildlife GPS tracking techniques to map animal migrations in the West in...

Gregory leads Appalachian St. over SC State 81-61

Nov. 26, 2020 12:32 AM EST

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Donovan Gregory registered 14 points as Appalachian State easily defeated South Carolina State 81-61 on Wednesday. Adrian Delph had 13 points for Appalachian State (1-0). RJ Duhart added 12 points. Kendall Lewis had 11 points. Floyd Rideau Jr. had 12 points for the Bulldogs (0-1)....

Reds, Rockies swap three pitchers and an outfielder

Nov. 25, 2020 5:15 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds swapped three pitchers in a four-player trade Wednesday. The Rockies acquired right-hander Robert Stephenson and minor league outfielder Jameson Hannah from the Reds for right-handed pitchers Jeff Hoffman and Case Williams, a minor leaguer. Stephenson,...

FILE  - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, a view of a 'Matterhorn-Express' gondola lift in front of Matterhorn mountain in the  Zermatt ski resort, in Zermatt, Switzerland. Restrictions to slow the curve of coronavirus infections have kept ski lifts closed in Italy, France, Germany and Austria, as well as countries further east. But skiers are already heading to mountains in Switzerland, drawing an envious gaze from ski industry and local officials in mountain regions elsewhere on the continent who lost most of last season due to the virus. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP, File)

As season nears, Europe ponders skiing during pandemic

Nov. 25, 2020 2:24 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Though the first real snow has yet to fall across much of Europe, ski buffs are imagining with dread a once-unthinkable scene: Skiing in Zermatt in Switzerland while lifts idle across the border in Italy's Aosta valley. The leaders of Italy and France are resisting pressure to reopen ski...

Regulators reject Appalachian Power's rate increase request

Nov. 25, 2020 2:18 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia regulators have denied Appalachian Power's request for a rate increase after a financial review found the company has been making an appropriate rate of return under state law. The State Corporation Commission's Tuesday decision also means customers of the electric utility...

Alabama man suffers fatal fall in Smoky Mountains

Nov. 25, 2020 10:48 AM EST

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — An Alabama man fell from an overlook in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and died, officials said. Wesley Brandon Stedham, 48, of Warrior, Alabama, suffered severe head trauma in the fall from the Chimney Tops overlook along Newfound Gap Road on Tuesday, park officials said....

In this Oct. 3, 2020 photo, a pedestrian walks past one of the many signs along the mandatory mask zone in the downtown area in Aspen, Colo. Aspen has taken numerous precautionary measures during the coronavirus pandemic, including mask mandates, occupancy limits in shops and restaurants, and social distancing. (AP Photo/John Marshall)

Precautions help Aspen remain a destination during pandemic

Nov. 25, 2020 7:38 AM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — March is Aspen's moneymaking season as spring breakers and families head to the mountains to ski. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, all four Aspen/Snowmass ski mountains shut down, along with nearly everything else in the alpine town, which banks on tourism dollars. Then a funny thing...

Yellowstone, Grand Teton report most ever October visitors

Nov. 24, 2020 5:21 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park reported their highest number of visitors for October. Yellowstone hosted more than 360,000 paying guests, up 110% from the same month in 2019, The Billings Gazette reported Tuesday. Its previous October record for tourists was...

Forest Service allows Christmas tree cutting with permit

Nov. 22, 2020 1:53 PM EST

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters who want to cut down their own Christmas trees can do so in the Green Mountain National Forest with a $5 permit. Permits will be available to buy online with a $2.50 service fee or in-person at a Green Mountain National Forest office. This year, in support of the Every Kid...