Latest Mountains News

Telescope foes tie together, block road to Hawaii summit

Jul. 15, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered Monday at the base of Hawaii's tallest mountain to protest the construction of a giant telescope on land that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. At about daybreak, a group of kupuna, or elders, tied themselves together with rope at the road to...

After a Tour on TV, Pinot now looms large in the picture

Jul. 14, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

BRIOUDE, France (AP) — Like a lost love, the Tour de France gains in value for riders who can't race in it. That was the lesson Thibaut Pinot learned last year when the French rider, who'd fallen sick at the Giro d'Italia in May, then missed the Tour and watched on TV as others wrote history at cycling's...

Earthquakes shake up Yucca Mountain nuke dump talk in Nevada

Jul. 13, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Recent California earthquakes that rattled Las Vegas have shaken up arguments on both sides of a stalled federal plan to entomb nuclear waste beneath a long-studied site in southern Nevada. Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso said this week his legislation to jump-start the process to...

Photo shows black bear relaxing at New Hampshire hotel

Jul. 11, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) — It seems bears enjoy a good view just like any other visitor to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. A photo snapped June 29 by an employee at the Omni Mount Washington Resort shows a black bear holding onto a rail on the veranda and looking out. The photo was taken around 5...

Taste of the Tour: Moonlight wine and 'Beautiful Girls'

Jul. 11, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

KAYSERSBERG, France (AP) — Training according to the solar and lunar cycles has never helped any Tour de France contender climb a mountain faster, or seize the yellow jersey. Moon science is more rewarding when it comes to the art of winemaking. In the Alsace region visited by the peloton this week,...

Divisive telescope to restart building next week in Hawaii

Jul. 10, 2019 10:23 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Construction on a giant telescope will start again next week after lengthy court battles and passionate protests from those who say building it on Hawaii's tallest mountain will desecrate land sacred to some Native Hawaiians. State officials announced Wednesday that the road to the top of...

Mountain goat relocation resumes in Olympic National Park

Jul. 9, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — For the second straight summer, mountain goats are flying in Olympic National Park. Officials this week began rounding up the sure-footed but nonnative mammals from remote parts of the park, where humans introduced them in the 1920s, to relocate them to the Cascade...

UN envoy arrives in Syria amid violent clashes in the north

Jul. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said Tuesday he is looking forward to constructive discussions with Syrian officials on the formation of a constitutional committee as a "door opener for the broader political process." Geir Pedersen spoke with reporters in the Syrian capital...

Man killed, deputy injured in southern Missouri shootout

Jul. 6, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been killed and a southern Missouri sheriff's deputy injured in a shootout. Springfield television station KYTV reports that the officer-involved shooting happened Friday in Wright County south of Mountain Grove as deputies, a Mountain Grove police...

Aiming high: Altitude is the acid test at Tour de France

Jul. 5, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With each crank of their pedals, riders on the Tour de France will climb ever-higher into the unknown. For the first time in its 116-year history, the race that starts Saturday features three stages that finish on mountain climbs to above 2,000 meters (6,500 feet). The unprecedented assault on...