Latest Mountains News

Plan to remove goats from Olympics to begin this summer

Jun. 19, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Park officials plan this summer to begin relocating hundreds of mountain goats from Olympic National Park while killing others. The National Park Service on Tuesday said it finalized a plan to remove about 675 mountain goats that have long posed an ecological problem in the park....

4 new mountain lion kittens found in California mountains

Jun. 19, 2018 2:15 PM EDT

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Four new mountain lion kittens have been found by researchers studying the wild cats living in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains, wildlife officials announced in video posts Tuesday showing the blue-eyed babies meowing and one feisty one hissing and even taking a...

Italian runner wins race to highest peak in northeast US

Jun. 16, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — A 24-year-old Italian man has become the first European to win an annual race up the highest peak in the northeastern United States. Cesare Maestri, of Borgo Lares, pulled away from three-time winner Eric Blake on Saturday at the halfway point of the 7.6 mile (12 kilometer) race...

New Mexico national forest says no to geothermal drilling

Jun. 15, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Underground pockets of boiling water and steam that could have been tapped to produce electricity are now off limits as one national forest in northern New Mexico has said no to the prospect of geothermal development. The decision by the Santa Fe National Forest follows years of...

The Latest: Residents allowed back home in central Colorado

Jun. 14, 2018 6:31 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in the West: (all times local): 4:30 p.m. An evacuation order has been lifted for nearly 1,400 people who were forced to flee their homes this week by a wildfire in central Colorado. The Summit County Sheriff's Office lifted the order on Thursday. It affected...

New wildfire erupts near Colorado ski resorts, houses

Jun. 13, 2018 3:16 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A wildfire erupted Tuesday in an area of Colorado known for its ski resorts, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes and marking the latest in a series of blazes that have ignited in the drought-stricken U.S. West. The fire in central Colorado had burned only about 100 acres but was...

2 dead after glider crash in Grand Teton National Park

Jun. 10, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Two people are dead after a glider crash in Grand Teton National Park. The park said the wreckage was found Saturday after the two people on board failed to return from a flight from Driggs, Idaho. The glider's pilot has been identified as 65-year-old Kristine Ciesinksi of Victor, Idaho....

Social media role in mountaineering mishaps growing

Jun. 9, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — From the slopes of Mount Adams and across much of the West, there's growing concern that social media may be playing a role in the increasing number of mountaineering accidents. While hard data is lacking, experts point to anecdotal evidence suggesting that social media is prompting...

Overdue hiker, 76, found dead in Mount Rainier National Park

Jun. 8, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

LONGMIRE, Wash. (AP) — Park officials say a 76-year-old hiker has been found dead in Mount Rainier National Park. Park spokeswoman Patti Wold said in a news release Friday that the man set out for a day hike on Mazama Ridge in the Paradise area Wednesday. He was reported overdue the next day. Search teams...

Pink snow is appearing in Pacific Northwest mountains

Jun. 8, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A strange phenomenon is appearing in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. KING-TV reports that big, pink ponds are dotting the higher elevations -- a result of something called "watermelon snow." Dr. Robin Kodner, a professor at Western Washington University, says it stems from an algae...