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Valles Caldera volunteers in race to document dendroglyphs

Oct. 16, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The haunting calls of bugling bull elk pervade the autumn air, echoing across the grass valleys and forested lava domes of Valles Caldera National Preserve as a cadre of volunteers spreads out in search of needles in a nearly 90,000-acre haystack. ...

Relatives make painstaking searches for Mexico's missing

Oct. 15, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

CUAUTLA, Mexico (AP) — Two young volunteers dressed in long sleeves, jeans and face masks dig into the steep side of stream bank reeking of sewage that flows from a shopping center. Neither the overpowering stench, the piles of garbage, nor the suffocating heat stops...

Reforestation set for historic New Orleans neighborhood

Oct. 15, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A nonprofit is seeking volunteers to help plant trees and restore a historic New Orleans neighborhood this weekend. Sustaining Our Urban Landscape, or SOUL, will launch its reforesting park project Saturday in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood with...

UI seeks volunteers to help Kinnick Stadium staff shortage

Oct. 14, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — With three more home football games to go and Kinnick Stadium facing severe staffing shortages, the University of Iowa has sent out a call for “game day volunteers” willing to work at stadium gates, in sections for disabled spectators and in premium club areas...

Ex-Hawaii official pleads guilty to embezzlement, bribery

Oct. 13, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Hawaii County council member pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling more than $38,000 while serving as executive director of a state commission that administers community service programs. Stacy Higa spent the money on personal expenses,...

Group works to preserve historic structures on forest sites

Oct. 09, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Rain held off, fog burned away and a few shafts of morning light pierced the cloud cover shrouding Cathedral Rock in the distance, giving the Crescent Moon Ranch near Sedona’s Red Rock Crossing even more of an inviting sheen than normal. Good day...

Indiana teacher volunteers as translator for Afghan refugees

Oct. 09, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — When Edgewood Intermediate School teacher Sara Jallal-Azizi had a simple conversation with her fourth grade class about what everyone did over Labor Day weekend, she was shocked at what happened next. That weekend, Jallal-Azizi, who is...

Boston Marathon returns with fewer runners, more masks

Oct. 07, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In addition to a medal, some water and maybe a banana, volunteers will be handing out masks to the Boston Marathon finishers as they leave the socially distanced course and disperse into the city’s bustling Back Bay. With an indoor mask mandate in...

Police in Mexican border town find 2 shallow graves

Oct. 05, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police and volunteer search teams in northern Mexico have found two bodies in shallow graves near San Luis Rio Colorado, across the border from Yuma, Arizona. The Sonora state prosecutors office said Tuesday that one set of skeletal remains was...

Tribes: New evidence proves massacre was at Nevada mine site

Oct. 05, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Tribal lawyers are asking a U.S. judge in Nevada to reconsider her earlier refusal to block digging at a proposed lithium mine near the Oregon line where they say newly uncovered evidence proves it was the sacred site of a massacre of dozens of Native Americans in 1865. ...