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New Hampshire getting $72.6M to update water systems

Dec. 05, 2021 13:21 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire will be getting $72.6 million from the federal infrastructure package to update wastewater and drinking water systems. The money also will be used to address PFAS and lead in New Hampshire water supplies. New...

Federal plan to gate scenic area near Vegas draws critics

Dec. 05, 2021 13:13 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts in Nevada fear a federal proposal intended to improve Calico Basin will have the opposite effect and hamper access to the popular and free recreation area in the mountains just west of Las Vegas. The Bureau of Land Management is...

Homes evacuated as wind drives Colorado wildfire

Dec. 05, 2021 12:39 PM EST

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Evacuations were ordered Sunday in a central Colorado mountain community as fire crews battle a wind-driven blaze. The fire began as a structure fire, destroying a vacant cabin and another unoccupied structure near Idaho Springs, Clear Creek...

Jonesport fish farm buys land, receives DEP approval

Dec. 05, 2021 12:05 PM EST

JONESPORT, Maine (AP) — A Dutch-owned firm looking to build a $110 million land-based fish farm in Jonesport has acquired property and received final permits from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The approval of the final DEP permits and the purchase of...

1 dead, another critically hurt in a Nevada motorcycle crash

Dec. 05, 2021 10:29 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One motorcyclist was killed and another critically injured after a crash near the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. They said the two motorcycles collided Saturday at an intersection. ...

First whooping cranes of season arrive at Alabama refuge

Dec. 05, 2021 10:20 AM EST

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — The first whooping cranes of the season have arrived at Alabama's Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge along the Tennessee River. The Decatur Daily reported that the endangered birds, which spend the winter at the 35,000-acre (14,164-hectare) refuge in...

Indonesian rescuers dig through volcanic ash after 14 die

Dec. 05, 2021 09:46 AM EST

LUMAJANG, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers were sifting through smoldering debris and thick mud in search of survivors a day after the highest volcano on Java island erupted with fury, killing at least 14 people with searing gas and ash. Mount Semeru in Lumajang district in...

Flathead forest still has two places with derogatory names

Dec. 05, 2021 08:12 AM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — In 1999, the Montana Legislature enacted a law, H.B. 412, requiring state agencies that own or manage public land to rename any sites or geographic locations that contain the derogatory word “squaw.” By doing so, Montana became the second...

Energy secretary: Offshore wind brings 'gust' of job growth

Dec. 05, 2021 08:07 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Thursday that the administration's goal for offshore wind and the projects being developed now represent a “gust of job growth throughout the country.” Granholm visited a new offshore wind...

Infrastructure law includes millions for animal crossings

Dec. 05, 2021 08:02 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Motorists and truckers aren’t the only ones to benefit from the recently signed $1.2 trillion infrastructure law, which includes the largest investment in road and bridges in a generation. Wildlife will experience a lifesaving benefit if states...