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US government plans to make good on 143-year-old land debt

Dec. 9, 2019 6:00 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. government wants to make good on a 143-year-old debt it has owed since Colorado became a state by transferring more than 23,000 acres of land and mineral rights to the Colorado State Land Board. The transfer would be the equivalent value of the 9,900 acres the U.S. government could...

New Mexico granting fewer cyanide bomb OKs for coyotes

Dec. 8, 2019 11:09 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Records show New Mexico agricultural officials have approved fewer licenses for the use of cyanide bombs — a device deployed by ranchers to kill coyotes. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports records show state-issued licenses for cyanide bombs has declined from 86 in 2015 and 2016...

Tigers injure California woman during event at sanctuary

Dec. 8, 2019 7:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries when she was caught in the midst of two roughhousing tigers at an animal sanctuary she founded. The Los Angeles Times reported Patty Perry suffered head lacerations and puncture wounds on her neck at the Wildlife Environmental...

Washington agency to look at other wolf management tools

Dec. 8, 2019 4:40 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has told Gov. Jay Inslee it will try "previously unused tools" to protect cattle and avoid shooting wolves in the Kettle River Range, though it did not specify any new tactics. The department responded to Inslee's complaint that recurrent...

State lifts boil-water advisory in California city of Poway

Dec. 8, 2019 11:30 AM EST

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — The Southern California city of Poway has lifted a week-long boil-water advisory after tests determined the water is safe to drink. Residents and businesses reported discolored tap water starting Nov. 30 after a storm drain backed up into a water treatment facility’s reservoir...

Police: Richmond woman still missing Sunday

Dec. 8, 2019 11:19 AM EST

RICHMOND, Maine (AP) — A Richmond woman who disappeared late last month was still missing Sunday following a search throughout the week of a Maine river using boats, aircraft and a drone. Anneliese Heinig, 37, was last seen early on Nov. 26 walking along Interstate 295 near where it crosses the Presumpscot...

Imperiled Utah fish bouncing back after 18 years

Dec. 8, 2019 10:47 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An imperiled fish found only in Utah Lake is starting to make a recovery after 18 years. The June sucker increased in population from only 300 to 2,000 at last count, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose changing the species status from endangered to threatened,...

Conservation groups make major land buy along Georgia coast

Dec. 8, 2019 10:28 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Conservation groups have purchased a swath of land in Georgia that they describe as one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast Atlantic coast. The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute announced Friday that they had bought the 16,000-acre (65-square-kilometer)...

Timber town plans for Oregon's new education tax

Dec. 8, 2019 10:02 AM EST

PHILOMATH, Ore. (AP) — Across Oregon, school districts that have long been underfunded are trying to decide how to spend an influx of money – about $1 billion a year – made possible by a new tax on businesses. That tax takes effect Jan. 1. All the detailed rules of the tax aren’t done...

Indonesia arrests 5 suspected poachers of pregnant tigers

Dec. 8, 2019 9:42 AM EST

PEKANBARU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested five suspected poachers of a pair of critically endangered pregnant Sumatran tigers and seized four fetuses that had been preserved in a jar, a forestry official said Sunday. The five suspects — four men and a woman — were...