KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks are increasingly polluted and warmer, and nearby glaciers are melting at an alarming rate that is likely to make it more dangerous...
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Supreme Court upheld the country's glacier protection law Tuesday, rejecting an effort by mining giant Barrick Gold Corp. to have it declared...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The rapid melting of glaciers because of climate change has created a new market for Alaska's tour operators, officials said.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is urging the Interior Department to continue its fight against energy development on land in northwestern Montana considered sacred to some Native...
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service for the first time in recent history oversaw the burning of more than 10,000 acres this year in southern Illinois' Shawnee National...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth's glaciers are melting much faster than scientists thought. A new study shows they are losing 369 billion tons of snow and ice each year, more than half of that in North...
Alaska snowmobilers survive avalanche they triggered
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man said he and his friends are lucky to be alive after triggering an avalanche while riding their snowmobiles in the eastern Alaska Range.
US scientists to climb Everest, collect data on climate
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A team of American scientists flew to the Mount Everest region Wednesday to study how pollution has impacted the Himalayan mountains and glaciers that are melting due to...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A major Greenland glacier that was one of the fastest shrinking ice and snow masses on Earth is growing again, a new NASA study finds.
Montana soldiers return home from Afghanistan deployment
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Dozens of Montana National Guard soldiers have returned home following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.
The Daily Inter Lake reports soldiers from the 495th...
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Rocky Mountain National Park has suspended the search for a 70-year-old Tennessee man who has not been heard from since late February.
Court temporarily blocks western Montana logging project
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court has blocked a western Montana logging project while it considers a lawsuit that claims the project could harm threatened species.
Overhaul proposed for facilities at Alaska glacier
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposed overhaul of facilities at a southeastern Alaska glacier includes plans to expand parking, the visitor center, and boat and dock offerings.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Rocky Mountain National Park rescuers are looking for a 70-year-old man from Tennessee who has not been heard from since Thursday.
Police: 1 dead after avalanche hits Swiss ski resort
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — A 34-year-old Frenchman whose job was to check the safety of ski slopes died overnight after being injured in an avalanche at a popular Swiss Alps ski resort,...
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay shoots TV show in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A celebrity chef is visiting Alaska's capital.
The Juneau Empire reports Gordon Ramsay arrived in the capital Sunday night.
He says he is shooting a television show.
Ramsay reported he had spent much of Monday at the Mendenhall Glacier and that he was having "an amazing time."
Third of Himalayan glaciers can no longer be saved: study
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — One-third of Himalayan glaciers will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, threatening water sources for 1.9 billion people, even if current efforts to reduce climate change succeed, an assessment warns.
If global efforts to curb climate change fail, the impact could be far worse: a loss of two-thirds of the region's glaciers by 2100, said the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment released Monday by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.
Parks in Northern Rockies focus on hiring after shutdown
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park workers are trying to figure out just how much the recent government shutdown set them back in hiring hundreds of summer workers. In Yellowstone, they're catching up with a backlog of applications for filming, research and other special park uses.
And in Grand Teton, employees are jump-starting the vehicle fleet after five weeks of idleness left batteries drained and trying to get the permit system running.
Crews reach wreckage of small plane, find body
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rescuers have reached the wreckage of a plane that was found crashed on the north side of Mount Hood near Eliot Glacier.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a crew of 23 rescuers reached the wreckage just before 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Flight instructor investigated in Italy air crash; 7 dead
ROME (AP) — A prosecutor is investigating a flight instructor who survived a midair collision between a small tourist plane and a helicopter in the Italian Alps.
Authorities said the bodies of the last two people from the crash in Italy's Val d'Aosta region were found Saturday, raising the death toll to seven.
5 die in crash of plane, helicopter over Italian glacier
MILAN (AP) — A midair collision between a small tourist airplane and a helicopter carrying skiers to a glacier in the northwestern Italian region of Val d'Aosta killed five people Friday, Italy's national alpine rescue corps said.
Glacier Bancorp: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) _ Glacier Bancorp Inc. (GBCI) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $49.6 million.
The bank, based in Kalispell, Montana, said it had earnings of 59 cents per share.
The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 61 cents per share.
Air National Guard lifts 3 from plane stranded on glacier
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three people were rescued after their airplane sank in snow and ice at 20 Mile Glacier.
The Alaska Air National Guard says airmen from the 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons lifted a pilot and two passengers Thursday. Their names were not released.
Alaska Air National Guard Capt. Daniel Dickman of the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center says the pilot of the Piper PA-18 aircraft manually activated the aircraft's 406 emergency locator transmitter.
Parts of Anchorage highway destroyed by quake
Kansas university researchers help uncover ancient asteroid
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Kansas had a hand in uncovering what might have been about a mile-wide iron asteroid that crashed into Greenland perhaps as recently as 12,000 years ago.
Details of the impact crater beneath the Hiawatha Glacier in remote northwest Greenland were recently published in Science Advances, a multidisciplinary journal.
Kids’ postcards blanket Alpine glacier in eco-friendly stunt
ALETSCH GLACIER, Switzerland (AP) — Kids across the world expressed concerns about global warming by joining forces to create what organizers say is the world's biggest postcard on a glacier in the Swiss Alps.
Bearing messages of hope and commitment, more than 125,000 colorful and hand-written postcards from kids around the world have emblazoned a glacier in Switzerland to create one giant one, half the size of a football field.
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Bolivian observatory collects data as glaciers melt
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The snow appears to be pristine on the Andean peaks that loom above Bolivia's capital, but even here ash and smog reach up to a remote plateau that is home to the world's highest atmospheric observatory.
It's an ideal site for a team of international scientists who collect data on pollution that has contributed to the rapid disappearance of Andean glaciers.
Vice president to campaign in northwestern Montana on Monday
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Republican Party has announced more details about Vice President Mike Pence's get-out-the-vote rally in northwestern Montana.
Pence is scheduled to make a campaign stop on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Glacier Park International Airport just north of Kalispell.
Concerned woman’s phone call saves German hiker’s life
GLACIER PEAK, Wash. (AP) — A phone call from a concerned woman likely saved the life of a hiker from Germany who was attempting to travel through the Cascade Mountains to the Canadian border without proper gear as snow and cold hit the region, authorities said.
Snowfall, wind cancel season-opening men’s World Cup race
SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — The season-opening men's World Cup giant slalom that was cancelled due to bad weather at the Rettenbach glacier on Sunday will be rescheduled for another resort in Europe.
The men's race director of governing body FIS, Markus Waldner, said the race will be held before the Christmas break, and that organizers were expected to announce the new date and venue on Monday.
Excessive snowfall and strong winds forced the cancellation of Sunday's race.
Melting glacier in China draws tourists, climate worries
YULONGXUESHAN, China (AP) — The loud crack rang out from the fog above the Baishui No. 1 Glacier as a stone shard careened down the ice, flying past Chen Yanjun as he operated a GPS device.
More projectiles were tumbling down the hulk of ice that scientists say is one of the world's fastest melting glaciers.
"We should go," said the 30-year-old geologist. "The first rule is safety."
Melting glacier in China draws climate worries
Grizzly bear captured, relocated after wandering into garage
VALIER, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials tranquilized and relocated a 900-pound (408 kilogram) grizzly bear that wandered onto the Birch Creek Hutterite Colony south of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports colony members had tried to haze the bear away from the residential area between Heart Butte and Valier on Wednesday, but the bruin sought shelter in a garage and wouldn't leave.
Glacier Bancorp: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) _ Glacier Bancorp Inc. (GBCI) on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings of $49.3 million.
The Kalispell, Montana-based bank said it had earnings of 58 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions, were 59 cents per share.
The results met Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 59 cents per share.
Flooding closes schools, airport, some roads in Seward
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Flooding has closed schools, roads and air traffic in an Alaska port city.
The Anchorage Daily News reports 3.5 inches (8.9 centimeters) of rain fell on Seward in 24 hours starting at noon Monday.
More than 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) fell at nearby Exit Glacier and the city airport received nearly that much. City clerk Brenda Ballou says standing water over most of a runway closed the airport.
Visitors to Montana spent $3.2B in 2017, most near parks
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A new study says visitors spent $3.24 billion in Montana last year, representing about a 2. 5 percent increase over 2016 spending.
The report made public this month by the University of Montana's Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research says more than 60 percent was spent in areas around Glacier and Yellowstone National Park.
NASA satellite launched to measure Earth’s ice changes
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA satellite designed to precisely measure changes in Earth's ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation was launched into polar orbit from California early Saturday.
A Delta 2 rocket carrying ICESat-2 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:02 a.m. and headed over the Pacific Ocean.
Study underscores continued loss of glacial ice, melt
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — As glaciers in the North Cascades and other areas of the Pacific Northwest continue to melt, the streams they typically replenish during the summer will get less water in August and September in coming decades.
A study recently published in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, underscores this issue in the Skagit River watershed and other areas of the Cascade and Olympic mountains.
Erosion threatens landmark Alaska drive-in, other buildings
HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A series of storms has caused erosion of the Homer Split, a piece of land jutting out into Kachemak Bay, threatening a landmark restaurant and other buildings.
The Homer News reports the erosion started Aug. 13, when big waves swept down the Spit from Mariner Park to west of the Glacier Drive-In restaurant.
The Latest: Man senteced for harassing Yellowstone bison
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on an Oregon man being sentenced for drunken behavior in national parks (all times local):
An Oregon man who was sentenced for drunken behavior in two national parks in Wyoming said he and his buddy were on a "last hurrah" tour before he entered alcohol treatment.
Raymond Reinke's crimes drew national attention when at least one Yellowstone National Park visitor captured a video of him harassing a bison that had stopped traffic.
Plans to overhaul Mendenhall Glacier nearly complete
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Plans for an overhaul of a popular Juneau destination are nearly complete.
The Juneau Empire reports U.S. Forest Service Juneau District Ranger Brad Orr said Thursday during a presentation to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce that the agency is putting the "finishing touches" on plans to build new facilities and trails at Mendenhall Glacier.
Bodies, wreckage will not be recovered in Alaska crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small airplane that crashed in Alaska's Denali National Park, killing five people on board, will remain on a near-vertical mountainside because of the substantial risk to recovery crews, officials said Friday.
The National Park Service announced it will end efforts to recover bodies and wreckage of the K2 Aviation airplane that crashed Aug. 4 near the summit of Thunder Mountain.
TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) — Officials at Alaska's Denali National Park say they're working to determine if and when they can start trying to recover the bodies of several people killed a sightseeing plane crash.
The plane with a pilot and four Polish tourists aboard crashed Saturday on a mountain ridge near the top of Denali, North America's tallest peak.
The crash occurred in rough terrain, on a hanging glacier which traverses a crevasse.
Italian spelunker rescued after 2 days trapped in cave
ROME (AP) — An Italian spelunker has been rescued after two days trapped in a grotto beneath an Alpine glacier near the northeastern border with Slovenia.
The news agency ANSA says 33-year-old Stefano Guarniero was strapped to a stretcher and pulled from the cave 200 meters (650 feet) below the surface after rescuers drilled a hole into the side of the mountain.
HAINES, Alaska (AP) — The operator of a canoe that recently capsized in a swift moving river in southeast Alaska, killing one man, has been identified as a company with a history of allegations.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Nevada man died when a commercial canoe with 10 people on board overturned in a glacier river in southeast Alaska.
The body of 50-year-old Steven Todd Willis of North Las Vegas was pulled from the Davidson Glacier River by a Coast Guard helicopter crew.
Alaska State Troopers shortly after 10:30 a.m. Monday received a report from the Haines Police Department that the commercial canoe with an operator and nine passengers had overturned in rapids.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says it rescued a Russian climber stranded on a treacherous peak in the north after his fellow mountaineer fell to his death last week.
An army statement says a helicopter plucked climber Alexander Gukov from Latok, at a height of 6,294 meters — about 20,650 feet — in a "daring rescue" in extreme weather on Monday, after six failed attempts.
ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have identified the body of a Frenchman who disappeared when skiing in the Alps in 1954.
Police in a statement Monday said that the body emerged after a glacier receded in 2005 in the Italian Alps.
Last month, after the police posted an appeal on social media in hopes of identifying the body, a woman contacted them saying her uncle had disappeared near Cervinia ski resort in 1954.