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Little Bluestone River tract protected, made accessible

Nov. 13, 2022 14:29 PM EST

JUMPING BRANCH, W.Va. (AP) — A section of the Little Bluestone River and the steep, forested hills that rise from its rocky shores near its confluence with the Bluestone National Scenic River are being protected and made accessible to the public. Little Bluestone Community Forest...

Democrats flip House seat in New Mexico with Vasquez victory

Nov. 10, 2022 11:24 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic challenger Gabe Vasquez has won election to Congress in New Mexico’s 2nd District, defeating incumbent Rep. Yvette Herrell in a majority-Hispanic district along the U.S. border with Mexico. Vasquez highlighted his Latino heritage and an upbringing...

Master planning underway for Battlefields State Park

Nov. 06, 2022 09:02 AM EST

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Master planning is now underway to establish exact parameters of the future Battlefields State Park in Culpeper County. It will encompass over 1,700 acres owned by American Battlefield Trust at the relatively still untouched sites of the Civil War Battles of Brandy Station...

Search for solutions drives race to save Utah salt flats

Nov. 03, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

WENDOVER, Utah (AP) — In the Utah desert, a treeless expanse of pristine white salt crystals has long lured daredevil speed racers, filmmakers and social media-obsessed tourists. It’s so flat that on certain days, visitors swear they can see the curvature of the earth. The...

In southern France, drought, rising seas threaten traditions

Oct. 30, 2022 23:12 PM EDT

SAINTES-MARIE DE LA MER, France (AP) — In a makeshift arena in the French coastal village Aigues-Mortes, young men in dazzling collared shirts come face-to-face with a raging bull. Surrounded by the city's medieval walls, the men dodge and duck the animal’s charges while spectators let out...

Idaho adds another easement to protect working timberlands

Oct. 19, 2022 16:13 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little and other statewide elected officials have approved a northern Idaho conservation easement as part of a program that has protected from development about 156 square miles (400 square kilometers) of private timberland. The Republican...

Biden to designate his 1st national monument in Colorado

Oct. 06, 2022 19:27 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Biden administration is preparing to designate its first new national monument, preserving a World War 2-era alpine training site and providing a boost to the reelection campaign of the state’s senior Senator, Michael Bennet, according to a person familiar with the process. ...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 05, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

Philadelphia Daily News/Inquirer. September 28, 2022. Editorial: The shooting at Roxborough High and the absurd state law that limits local gun safety measures Because of Pennsylvania’s preemption laws, city officials are left with a set of meager tools to address...

Haaland: US expanding Native American massacre site

Oct. 05, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced an expansion Wednesday of a National Park Service historical site dedicated to t he massacre by U.S. troops of more than 200 Native Americans in what is now southeastern Colorado. Haaland, the first Native American to lead a...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Sep. 28, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

Charlotte Observer/Raleigh News and Observer. September 23, 2022. Editorial: NC Republicans who voted to overturn 2020 election oppose plan to avoid another coup Almost everything in Congress — access to contraception, lowering the cost of insulin, infrastructure...