• Wet winter ups the ante for hikers on popular US trail

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anya Sellsted had scaled scary snow-covered passes and forded frightening rivers during her solo hike from Mexico to Canada when the hazards of California’s gargantuan winter finally caught up to her.

  • 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.

  • 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.