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Phoenix police: Dead body found on South Mountain identified

Jan. 23, 2020 4:21 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Police in Phoenix say a dead body found on a South Mountain hiking trail has been identified. They say a hiker discovered the body of a man Wednesday morning while on the Geronimo hiking trail. Police announced Thursday that the body of 35-year-old Douglas Hertel was on the mountain for...

Jackson Hole parcel added to Grand Teton National Park

Jan. 23, 2020 1:10 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A small piece of land in western Wyoming has become part of Grand Teton National Park. The National Park Service acquired the 35-acre (14-hectare) parcel in the southern part of the park earlier this month. The Conservation Fund took part in acquiring the land from a private owner with...

Environmentalists worried about Gila forest management plan

Jan. 23, 2020 12:06 AM EST

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Some environmental groups are concerned that a proposed management plan for the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico falls short of protecting more than 3 million acres (12,140 square kilometers) of mountains, hills and range land. Forest officials recently released a...

Phoenix police: Hiker finds dead body on a mountain trail

Jan. 22, 2020 2:50 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Police in Phoenix say a dead body has been found on a South Mountain hiking trail. They say a hiker discovered the body of a man Wednesday morning while on the Geronimo hiking trail. Police say the cause of death isn’t immediately clear and will be investigated. The name and age of...

Groups prepare to sue over grazing in Wyoming grizzly range

Jan. 21, 2020 6:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Conservationists worried that continued livestock grazing in a Wyoming forest could endanger grizzly bears are preparing to sue the U.S. government. Western Watersheds Project, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas Connection allege a 2019 decision to allow grazing to...

President Donald Trump delivers the opening remarks at the World Economic Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Davos. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump in Davos: Talking up economy, brushing off impeachment

Jan. 21, 2020 5:38 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump looked past the impeachment drama unfolding in Washington on Tuesday, turning his speech at an economic forum in the Swiss Alps into an unabashed sales pitch for the “blue-collar boom” in the U.S. economy that he says took place on his watch....

With challenge, skier reaffirms Vermont's beauty

Jan. 21, 2020 3:16 PM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A self-induced challenge to climb then ski down all 110 of Vermont's major mountains led Spencer Crispe to places he describes as some of "the best kept secrets" — and where he was able to do some of most enjoyable skiing of his life. "Vermont is just so beautiful," he said....

Hospital staff load bodies of Indian tourists into an ambulance for postmortem, at a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Eight Indian tourists were declared dead Tuesday after being found unconscious in their room at a mountain resort in Nepal, police said. The resort was fully booked so the eight tourists were sharing the same room. The official said the group reportedly turned on a gas heater inside the room while the windows and doors were closed. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

8 Indians die after falling unconscious at resort in Nepal

Jan. 21, 2020 6:30 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Eight Indian tourists, including four children, were declared dead Tuesday after being found unconscious in their room at a mountain resort in Nepal, officials said. Rescue helicopters flew the tourists to Kathmandu, where they were declared dead at a hospital in the capital, police...

In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, photo, staff members of Asian Trekking, a Nepal-based mountaineering company, participate in a training session in Kathmandu, Nepal. Once relegated to support staff, Nepalese climbers famous for their skills on the world's highest peaks are emerging out of the shadows of their Western peers and now dominate the lucrative industry in the Himalayan nation. Sherpa guides are now more educated, and have traveled farther than their predecessors, picking up business acumen and corporate endorsements. As a result, there are more Nepal-based companies globally, not just in Nepal, but also in China, India and Pakistan, which collectively boast the world's 14 highest peaks. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepalese-owned operators take lead on world's highest peaks

Jan. 20, 2020 10:30 PM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Once relegated to support staff, Nepalese climbers famous for their skills on the world's highest peaks are emerging out of the shadows of their Western peers. They now dominate the lucrative industry in the Himalayan nation. Sherpa-owned companies have lowered the cost of...

In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 photo, trekkers wait to be airlifted a day after an avalanche hit Mount Annapurna trail in Nepal. Special army and government rescue personnel were searching again on Monday for four South Korean trekkers and their three Nepali guides lost since an avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains. (AP Photo/Phurba Ongel Sherpa)

Nepal rescuers search for 7 as avalanche hits hiking trail

Jan. 20, 2020 7:56 PM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Special Nepalese army and government rescue personnel continued searching Monday for four South Korean trekkers and their three Nepali guides missing since since an avalanche swept across popular mountain trekking route . The avalanche hit part of the Mount Annapurna trekking route...