- In the coalfields, dilapidated sites make way for renewal Updated: May-24-15 4:04 pm
WILLIAMSON, West Virginia - Inside a 1920s-era warehouse in the heart of a once-bustling coalfields hub, Brandon Blankenship saws through 8-foot boards pulled up from the building's floor, looking each one up and down for "a face that's not splintered - smooth with no breaks - and an intact tongue and groove." Portions that pass muster wind up in neat stacks for reuse by the crew remodeling the warehouse into office space, or for sale to builders looking to add a rustic touch to homes and restaurants.
- A sampling of efforts to fight blight in Appalachia Updated: May-24-15 12:13 pm
Efforts to rehabilitate vacant or dilapidated property have sprung up around Appalachia, with states in the region taking varying approaches.
- Popular Yellowstone and Grand Teton trails closed for now Updated: May-23-15 8:17 pm
JACKSON, Wyoming - Two of the most heavily used day-hiking routes in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in northwest Wyoming are closed for the time being because of weather damage and maintenance.
- Rockies activate Roberts, place Brown on DL Updated: May-23-15 3:05 pm
- Rescuers ready for the call if trouble hits on Mount Rainier Updated: May-23-15 12:07 pm
SEATTLE - As the climbing season gets underway on Mount Rainier, a specialized rescue team has been training to be ready when things go wrong on the 14,411-foot peak.
- Murray Energy expects more than 1,800 coal mine layoffs Updated: May-22-15 6:46 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told another 439 Mountain State miners they could be out of work.
- Independence Pass reopens in time for holiday weekend Updated: May-21-15 3:25 pm
ASPEN, Colorado - Even though it still feels like winter in parts of Colorado's mountains, Independence Pass is back open.
- Forest Service investigates damage at mountain cabin, tower Updated: May-21-15 9:20 am
STRATTON, Vermont - The U.S. Forest Service is looking for some help in its investigation of vandalism to a historic cabin and fire tower at Stratton Mountain.
- Second man caught of Wyoming avalanche dies Updated: May-20-15 5:50 pm
JACKSON, Wyoming - An avalanche in northwest Wyoming that killed two men and injured one other involved snow only a few inches deep, according to one of the skiers involved.
- Small rockslide covers part of Mountain Loop Highway Updated: May-20-15 12:52 pm
GRANITE FALLS, Washington - The Snohomish County sheriff's office says a small rockslide has covered a portion of the Mountain Loop Highway between Darrington and Granite Falls.
- Environmental groups sue to stop South Mountain Freeway Updated: May-19-15 9:19 pm
PHOENIX - Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in hope of stopping the South Mountain Freeway from being built in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
- Penn law grad tells story of surviving Nepal quake Updated: May-18-15 11:42 am
PHILADELPHIA - Andrew Towne, 33, was eating lunch in a tent at base camp on Mount Everest when the ground beneath him began to sway.
- New and now: Family adventures, Brandywine Valley, Montreal Updated: May-18-15 10:31 am
APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB ADVENTURES
- Officials release name of woman who died in NC mountain fall Updated: May-18-15 10:14 am
KINGS MOUNTAIN, North Carolina - Officials have released the name of a woman who died after falling about 150 feet at Crowders Mountain State Park in Gaston County.
- 4 dead after fiery, high-speed crash on NC mountain road Updated: May-17-15 4:55 pm
BOONE, North Carolina - The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a Tennessee family of three and a South Carolina motorist are dead after a high-speed crash in the North Carolina mountains.
- Body found in Sandia Mountains ID'ed as missing woman Updated: May-16-15 4:26 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Authorities say human remains found in the Sandia Mountains on Friday have been identified as a missing woman.
- A look back 35 years after Mount St. Helens' deadly eruption Updated: May-16-15 12:07 pm
SEATTLE - Thirty-five years ago, Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington state erupted, killing 57 people, blasting more than 1,300 feet off the top and raining volcanic ash for miles around. Today, the volcano has become a world-class outdoor laboratory for the study of volcanoes, ecosystems and forestry, as well as a major recreational and tourist destination.
- 2nd set of human remains found in New Mexico mountains Updated: May-15-15 10:28 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Searchers have found a second set of human remains in the Sandia Mountains but say it's unclear if they're those of a missing woman.
- Nats-Padres, Rockies-Dodgers have rare SoCal rain delays Updated: May-15-15 3:37 am
SAN DIEGO - Southern California teams don't often have problems with rain delays.
- Argentinian climber dies on North America's tallest peak Updated: May-14-15 4:35 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - An Argentinian climber has been found dead at a camp at 17,200 feet on North America's tallest peak.
- Rockies manager Weiss has appendectomy Updated: May-14-15 1:38 am
ANAHEIM, California - Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss had an appendectomy Wednesday night following two days of stomach discomfort.
- Bush opposes Yucca Mountain; at odds with Rubio Updated: May-13-15 6:06 pm
RENO, Nevada - Jeb Bush isn't officially in the race yet, but he's already parting ways with one declared Republican presidential candidate regarding Yucca Mountain.
- Climbers who stomped 'SOS' in snow rescued from mountain Updated: May-12-15 6:40 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - National Park Service officials say two climbers from Idaho who stomped out "SOS" in the snow were rescued unharmed from an Alaska mountain after triggering an avalanche.
- Mountain blast for construction project a safety concern Updated: May-12-15 1:19 pm
PHOENIX - Blasting to the side of Camelback Mountain as part of a construction project was put to a halt after homeowners in the area voiced concerns about the rolling rocks and boulders that were damaging their homes.
- W.Va. officials want utility to justify plant closures Updated: May-12-15 12:32 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Appalachian Power has given the West Virginia Public Service Commission little information justifying its decision to close three coal-fired power plants in the state, the regulatory agency's staff said in a filing.