By The Associated Press - Mon, Nov 19, 2012 2:48 pm
PAGE, Ariz. — Authorities launched an experiment Monday aimed at building beaches and sandbars on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar opened the river outlet tubes at noon MST and called it “an historic milestone” and “a new era in which we realize that the goals of water storage, delivery and hydropower production are compatible with... Read more.
By Christine Peterson, Star-Tribune - Tue, Nov 13, 2012 6:22 pm
The estimated number of grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem increased this year to 618, said Mark Bruscino, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s large carnivore section supervisor. The number is only a preliminary estimate, but shows a stable or increasing number of bears in the area that encompasses most of northwest Wyoming and portions of Idaho and Montana, Bruscino said. In... Read more.
By Paul Foy, The Associated Press - Tue, Nov 13, 2012 6:07 pm
SALT LAKE CITY — More than 100 outdoor-recreation companies riled Utah’s Republican establishment Tuesday by formally petitioning President Barack Obama to designate a national monument surrounding Canyonlands National Park near Moab, a major tourist hub for everything from mountain biking to navigating the area’s famous slot canyons. Leaders of the outdoor industry — including Mountain Hardware... Read more.
By Jeff DeMoss, Standard-Examiner staff - Tue, Nov 6, 2012 11:03 pm
Most of us have been to the iconic Grand Canyon, the most famous symbol of the American southwest. We’ve stood on the South Rim and gazed into the chasm, mesmerized by its sheer vastness, unable to fully comprehend the massive scale. We’ve also seen the bustling crowds and busloads of tourists that make this one of America’s most visited national parks. Some of us have even made the long trek... Read more.
By Brett French, The Billings Gazette - Mon, Nov 5, 2012 11:16 pm
As grizzly bear populations in Yellowstone National Park have grown, supervisors of the six national forests surrounding the park in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho have had to be more vigilant about precautions at campgrounds. But in 2010, the mauling death of a Michigan man at a Montana campground just outside Yellowstone’s northeast boundary prompted forest officials to agree to undertake a... Read more.
By Paul Foy, The Associated Press - Tue, Oct 30, 2012 11:10 am
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s high court says state regulators acted properly in issuing a permit for a coal mine outside Bryce Canyon National Park. The Utah Supreme Court ruled against a challenge brought by the Sierra Club and other environmental groups. They said Utah failed to assess the environmental impacts of a strip mine operating a dozen miles from a corner of the national park. Justices... Read more.
By Adam Voge, Star-Tribune - Fri, Oct 26, 2012 12:54 pm
DUBOIS – Monte Baker was convinced six years ago that the Togwotee Pass reconstruction project would be the end of Dubois. Many in town, Baker included, consider the stretch of U.S. Highway 26/287 a vital artery. It runs west from Dubois to Wyoming’s national parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone. The road provides economic life to a town which lost its last industry, timber, in the 1990s. By 2006,... Read more.
By The Associated Press - Thu, Oct 25, 2012 10:11 am
SALT LAKE CITY — An environmental activist who disrupted an oil and gas auction for land near national parks has arrived in Utah to finish out the final six months of a federal sentence at a Salt Lake City halfway house. Timothy DeChristopher drew a two-year prison term after he was convicted last year in Salt Lake City federal court for fraudulently bidding on leases in an effort to keep the... Read more.
By Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press - Wed, Oct 24, 2012 11:31 pm
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Google and its street-view cameras already have taken users to narrow cobblestone alleys in Spain using a tricycle, inside the Smithsonian with a push cart and to British Columbia's snow-covered slopes by snowmobile. The search giant now has brought its all-seeing eyes — mounted for the first time on a backpack — down into the Grand Canyon, showcasing the... Read more.
By Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press - Wed, Oct 17, 2012 11:44 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Grand Canyon boasts some of the most spectacular views in the world, revealing a rich geological history that few ever see from the Colorado River that formed it millions of years ago. Those eager to watch rare animals emerge from the cliff sides, camp under the stars and get an adrenaline rush as they soar over rapids must get a permit if they want to lead one of hundreds... Read more.