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States turn to drones to predict avalanches, spot wildlife

May. 20, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they're searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. Public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every...

Colorado wedding plans disrupted by winter avalanche cleanup

May. 13, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Couples planning weddings at a Colorado scenic area need to change plans after officials moved back its opening date for avalanche cleanup. The Aspen Times reported Saturday that the U.S. Forest Service has delayed the opening of the Maroon Bells Scenic Area near Aspen from May 15 to...

Avalanches hit Rocky Mountain Park; no serious injuries

May. 11, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Rocky Mountain National Park says seven people have been caught in avalanches in the park but none have significant injuries. Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says multiple large avalanches were reported Saturday, including some near Emerald Lake, a popular hiking...

4 German skiers die in avalanche in Switzerland

Apr. 28, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An avalanche in southern Switzerland has killed four German skiers, police said Sunday. Police in the canton (region) of Valais said the group was buried by the avalanche on Friday near the village of Fieschertal. Planes and rescue personnel started looking for the group after they were...

Opening of Maroon Lake facilities will be delayed until June

Apr. 27, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says the popular Maroon Bells Scenic Area in western Colorado will not open as scheduled May 15 because of avalanche debris that must be removed from the access road. The Aspen Times reports that the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District is tentatively setting the opening...

Utah Avalanche Center warns of 'considerable danger'

Apr. 20, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Warming temperatures are said to be creating dangerous avalanche conditions in parts of Utah's snow country. KUTV reports that the Utah Avalanche Center on Saturday issued a warning of "considerable danger" of wet avalanches in the Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake and Provo mountainous...

CDOT warns of undetonated bombs from avalanche mitigation

Apr. 19, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Transportation officials are warning people in southwestern Colorado's San Juan Mountains that some explosives used in avalanche mitigation this past winter were duds and could still go off. The Durango Herald reports more than 630 explosives were dropped from helicopters or shot in...

Parents say missing Austrian Alpine star 'lived his dream'

Apr. 19, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The parents of celebrated Austrian climber David Lama said Friday that he had "lived his dream," as hopes he and two other top climbers survived an avalanche in the Canadian Rockies faded. Lama, fellow Austrian Hansjörg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing in...

3 climbers presumed dead after Banff avalanche

Apr. 18, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

BANFF, Alberta (AP) — Three renowned mountain climbers are presumed dead after an avalanche in Alberta's Banff National Park, Canadian officials said Thursday. Outdoor apparel company The North Face said that American Jess Roskelley and Austrians David Lama and Hansjorg Auer disappeared while attempting to...

Widows, ace guide to climb Everest to honor Sherpas

Apr. 18, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Five years after one of the deadliest disasters on Mount Everest, three people from Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community are preparing an ascent to raise awareness about the Nepalese mountain guides who make it possible for hundreds of foreign climbers to scale the mountain and survive....