• Mountain Valley review finds limited environmental impacts

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators say a proposed pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas for 300 miles across West Virginia and Virginia would have “significant” impacts on forests. But they say other adverse effects would be limited.

  • Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Not very often does a 10-story-tall, 800,000-pound landmark change locations. Especially one that’s alive.

  • Rainbow Family members start gathering in Oregon

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Concern is growing in a conservative, remote corner of Oregon as people start arriving in a national forest for a Rainbow Family of Living Light annual gathering, a counter-culture get-together expected to draw thousands.

  • Drought helps North America’s largest white pelican refuge

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Abnormally dry weather may bedevil farmers and ranchers, but is a boon for American white pelicans nesting on a North Dakota island known as North America’s largest refuge for the big-billed birds.

  • New Mexico water official moves to clarify ranchers’ rights

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top water manager has fired the latest salvo in a battle with the federal government over the protection of an endangered mouse and the barring of livestock from certain streams and watering holes on national forest land.

  • Mexican gray wolf pup found dead in Arizona

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife officials are investigating the death of an endangered Mexican gray wolf pup.

  • The Latest: Evacuation lifted for homes near New Mexico fire

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires and fire restrictions in New Mexico (all times local):

  • Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from. Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat.

  • The Latest: Alabama warns of floating fire ants in floods

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Cindy (all times local):

  • Small food makers wonder about Amazon-Whole Foods impact

    NEW YORK (AP) — Among the many questions being asked about Amazon’s intended purchase of Whole Foods is one from small and medium-sized food manufacturers: How might this deal affect me?