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'Trying to survive': Wells dry up amid Oregon water woes

MALIN, Ore. (AP) — Judy and Jim Shanks know the exact date their home's well went dry — June 24. Since then, their life has been an endless cycle of imposing on relatives for showers and laundry, hauling water to feed a small herd of cattle and... Full story

 

Wildfires blasting through West draw states to lend support

BLY, Ore. (AP) — Out-of-state crews headed to Montana Saturday to battle a blaze that injured five firefighters as the West struggled with a series of fires that have ravaged rural lands and destroyed homes. Progress was being made on the nation's...

 
 By DAISY NGUYEN    Regional    July 25, 2021

Warming rivers in US West killing fish, imperiling industry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Baby salmon are dying by the thousands in one California river, and an entire run of endangered salmon could be wiped out in another. Fishermen who make their living off adult salmon, once they enter the Pacific Ocean, are...

 

Rabid bat found in Shawnee County, Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county health department on Wednesday announced it found a rabid bat. A Shawnee County Health Department official said a dog pulled the bat out of a tree July 12. Test results showing the bat had rabies came back...

 

Man who guided illegally in Yellowstone gets week in jail

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has sentenced an Oklahoma man to a week in jail and ordered him to pay $1,100 for guiding visitors illegally in Yellowstone National Park. Theodore Eugene Garland, 60 of Edmond, Oklahoma, led visitors...

 

Size of Oregon wildfire underscores vastness of the US West

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The monstrous wildfire burning in Oregon has grown to a third the size of Rhode Island and spreads miles each day, but evacuations and property losses have been minimal compared with much smaller blazes in densely populated...

 

AP Interview: EPA water chief on clean water protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — To finally determine a lasting definition of waterways that qualify for federal protection under the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency's new water director says everyone with a stake in the issue will need to be...

 
 By DAVID CONDOS    Regional    July 14, 2021

Kansas turkey vulture boom could be a sign of climate change

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — For the past five years or so, state Sen. Randall Hardy has watched a few dozen turkey vultures roost in a tree next to his garage. He can tell when the migratory birds return to his central Salina neighborhood each spring as the...

 

Wildfires in US West threaten parched Native American lands

BLY, Ore. (AP) — Fierce wildfires in the Pacific Northwest are threatening Native American lands that already are struggling to conserve water and preserve traditional hunting grounds amid a historic drought in the U.S. West. Blazes in Oregon and W...

 

Officials ID man whose body was pulled from Topeka creek

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man whose body was pulled late last week from a creek just outside Topeka. The body of Lashawn Mady, 25, of Topeka, was recovered Friday afternoon from Shunganunga Creek just east of Topeka, the...

 
 By ANITA SNOW    Regional    June 18, 2021

EXPLAINER: What's behind the heat wave in the American West?

PHOENIX (AP) — Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before the...

 
 By ANITA SNOW    Regional    June 18, 2021

Western heat wave threatens health in vulnerable communities

PHOENIX (AP) — Extreme temperatures like the ones blistering the American West this week aren't just annoying, they're deadly. The record-breaking temperatures this week are a weather emergency, scientists and health care experts say, with heat...

 
 By ANITA SNOW    Regional    June 16, 2021

Heat wave grips US West amid fear of a new, hotter normal

PHOENIX (AP) — An unusually early and long-lasting heat wave brought more triple-digit temperatures Wednesday to a large swath of the U.S. West, raising concerns that such extreme weather could become the new normal amid a decadeslong drought....

 

US wildlife managers propose protections for rare chicken

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers on Wednesday proposed federal protections for the lesser prairie chicken, saying its habitat across five states is in danger of becoming more fragmented and the effects of climate change and drought...

 

Carolina Tiger Rescue takes in big cats from Tiger King Park

PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina big cat sanctuary will temporarily care for four animals seized from the private zoo in Oklahoma featured in Netflix's "Tiger King." Carolina Tiger Rescue said in a statement Tuesday that it worked with the...

 

Flood damage extensive in small Kansas town of Natoma

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than half of the homes in the small north-central Kansas town of Natoma were damaged by flash flooding during last weekend's heavy rains, according to a preliminary estimate. The town of about 350 residents has about 250...

 

Heavy rains in Texas, Louisiana add to misery in flood zones

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The National Weather Service warned Wednesday that more rain is expected this week in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, including areas where flooding has already caused misery this week. Forecasters said 2 to 4...

 

Weekend rains lead to flash flooding in parts of Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Parts of Kansas are cleaning up after weekend storms brought flash flooding, along with pockets of wind and lightning damage. Residents of the north-central Kansas town of Natoma were assessing damage on Monday, a day after a...

 

Third small earthquake this weeks reported in Kansas

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — For the third time this week, a small earthquake has caused a little shaking in Kansas. KSNT-TV reports that the latest was a magnitude 3.2 earthquake detected southeast of Abilene just after 7 a.m. Saturday. Like the two...

 

Small earthquakes rattle north-central Kansas

SMITH CENTER, Kan. (AP) — Several small earthquakes have rattled north-central Kansas. The largest had a magnitude of 3.5 and was reported Friday in Jewell County. Two other quakes measuring 2.3 and 2.5 on the Richter scale were recorded Saturday...

 
 By JOHN RABY    Regional    April 11, 2021

Outdoor enthusiasts to get cash, free passes to move to WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is joining the growing list of places recruiting remote workers — with a thrill-seeking twist. A public-private program launched Monday will try to lure outdoor enthusiasts to live in the rural state with...

 

Study: Drought-breaking rains more rare, erratic in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rainstorms grew more erratic and droughts much longer across most of the U.S. West over the past half-century as climate change warmed the planet, according to a sweeping government study released Tuesday that concludes the...

 

Forecast for spring: Nasty drought worsens for much of US

With nearly two-thirds of the United States abnormally dry or worse, the government's spring forecast offers little hope for relief, especially in the West where a devastating megadrought has taken root and worsened. Weather service and agriculture...

 

Cluster of Wichita earthquakes rattles south-central Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A cluster of earthquakes with epicenters in east Wichita have rattled south-central Kansas, the strongest one about a magnitude 4. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the strongest earthquake as magnitude 3.9, and the Kansas...

 

Gov. Kelly issues disaster declaration for fire hazard

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly issued an emergency disaster declaration Monday as weather conditions bring a high risk of fires this week. Kelly said in a news release that elevated to critical fire weather is expected for the next four...

 

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