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About 50 Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team members were involved in additional search efforts Oct. 9 for James Pruitt, who was last heard from on Feb. 28.

October 15, 2019
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With coyotes yapping in the distance, and elk bugling over a nearby rise, twenty-nine black-footed ferrets were recently released into their new home of Wind Cave National Park.

October 15, 2019
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A plea from uranium mining companies and nuclear power plant operators for tax breaks and other federal financial boosts is going before President Donald Trump, as his administration studies reviving the U.S. uranium industry in the name of national security.

By Felicia Fonseca, Ellen Knickmeyer & Mead Gruver/Associated Press October 15, 2019
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The Little Colorado River cuts across the northeast corner of Arizona, emptying its waters into the much-larger Colorado River after a more than 330-mile journey.

By Felicia Fonseca/Associated Press October 15, 2019
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Wildlife officials in Wyoming have trapped and relocated a grizzly bear thought to be the offspring of a well-known grizzly.

By Associated Press October 8, 2019
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Wildlife officials in Thailand said Tuesday they have discovered the carcasses of five more wild elephants downstream from a waterfall where the bodies of six other elephants were found last weekend.

By Associated Press October 8, 2019
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A Texas-based oil and gas company has reached an out-of-court settlement to permanently retire its oil and gas lease south of Glacier National Park on land considered sacred by the Blackfeet tribe.

By Associated Press October 8, 2019
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Kaibab National Forest (KNF) is proposing to increase fees for overnight camping at Ten X Campground on the Tusayan Ranger District in order to better align prices with other nearby private and public recreation areas as well as to improve visitor experience by enhancing amenities and services.

October 8, 2019
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Environmental groups that have long pushed to bring down a huge dam along the Colorado River are suing the federal government, alleging it ignored climate science when approving a 20-year operating plan for the dam near the Arizona-Utah border.

By Felicia Fonseca/Associated Press October 8, 2019
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According to the agency, 88 percent of hunters have voluntarily used ammunition without lead since 2008.

By Associated Press October 1, 2019
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But while some welcomed the end of the “Waters of the United States” rule, environmental groups warned that the change would mean virtually no environmental protection for the nation’s waterways — particularly in the West.

By By Kailey Broussard, Cronkite News October 1, 2019
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In the two years since the Grand Canyon approved a plan to reduce the number of bison roaming in the national park, the herd has only grown in size.

By Felicia Fonseca/Associated Press September 24, 2019
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Over 30 bison roaming Grand Canyon National Park's northern reaches are joining a herd in Oklahoma.

By Associated Press September 24, 2019
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At 8 a.m. Sept. 17, several bright neon signs announced their intentions to comers and goers at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff.

By Erin Ford September 24, 2019
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Hunting groups are applauding new federal rules creating longer seasons, extended hours and expanded methods for hunting and taking different types of game on national wildlife refuges.

By Kailey Broussard, Cronkite News September 17, 2019
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Motorized electric bicycles may soon be humming along serene trails in national parks and other public lands nationwide.

By By Ellen Knickmeyer & David Sharp/Associated Press September 17, 2019
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Ban on coyote hunting contests finalized
Rule passes governor’s regulatory review in 6-0 vote

Arizona has banned organized contests where hunters try to kill the most coyotes or other wildlife predators for prizes such as cash or hunting equipment.

By Associated Press September 11, 2019
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New proposal submitted for development near Grand Canyon
U.S. Forest Service receives second application for road easement access for controversial development

Three years after the U.S. Forest Service returned a bid to develop several hundred acres of land near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, STILO developers and the town of Tusayan have submitted another application to the agency.

By Erin Ford September 11, 2019
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U.S. wildlife officials rejected petitions Sept. 5 to protect Yellowstone National Park’s storied bison herds but pledged to consider protections for two other species — a tiny, endangered squirrel in Arizona and bees that pollinate rare desert flowers in Nevada.

By Matthew Brown/Associated Press September 10, 2019
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Farming often involves traveling long distances to remote areas to check on crops or livestock.

By Casey Kuhn/KJZZ via Cronkite News September 3, 2019
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Snow piled up in the mountains across the U.S. West last winter, leaving enough to thrill skiers into the summer, swelling rivers and streams when it melted, and largely making wildfire restrictions unnecessary. But the wet weather can be misleading.

By Felicia Fonseca/Associated Press August 27, 2019
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The Sierra Club and other environmental groups have called for Arizona to shut down a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park, citing severe groundwater flooding that threatens to pollute drinking water.

By Laurel Morales/KJZZ, Cronkite News August 27, 2019
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The Trump administration moved on Aug. 12 to weaken how it applies the 45-year-old Endangered Species Act, ordering changes that critics said will speed the loss of animals and plants at a time of record global extinctions.

By Ellen Knickmeyer/Associated Press August 20, 2019
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North Rim fires: Castle Fire nears burnout phase, Ikes Fire continues to grow
Three new wildfires fires contained on North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Because of warmer, drier weather conditions, two lightning-caused wildfires burning on the North Rim are producing an increased amount of visible smoke.

August 13, 2019
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A federal judge has overturned the U.S. Forest Service's approval of plans for a new copper mine in southeastern Arizona in a decision that comes amid a larger battle across the West over the use of public lands for mining.

By Anita Snow & Paul Davenport/Associated Press August 13, 2019

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