Drought remains, but rains put dent in SW fire danger

This June 26, 2018 image shows Trujillo Meadows Reservoir and a thin tracing of the headwaters of Rio de Los Pinos in the Rio Grande National Forest west of Antonito, Colorado. Fire and climatology experts on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, provided an update on the drought and wildfire situation in Colorado and the neighboring states of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, saying fire danger has been reduced but the region is still dealing with the long-term effects of drought. (AP Photo/Paul Davenport)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The threat of wildfire in the American Southwest has been significantly dampened by the monsoon season, but national fire and climatology experts said Wednesday the region is still grappling with the long-term effects of drought.

Wildfire fighting costs are beyond Forest Service’s control

A tanker drops retardant on a fire on Mt. Diablo above Marsh Creek Road, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, near Clayton, Calif. (Karl Mondon /San Jose Mercury News via AP)

(THE CONVERSATION) — Just six months after the devastating Thomas Fire – the largest blaze in California’s history – was fully contained, the 2018 fire season is well under way. As of mid-July, large wildfires had already burned over 1 million acres in a dozen states. Through October, the National Interagency Fire Center predicts above-average wildfire activity in many regions, including the Northwest, Interior West and California.

Reenactment of conquistador reclaiming Santa Fe will end

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2017, file photo, protesters in Santa Fe, N.M., chant slogans against an annual costumed re-enactment of the arrival or "entrada" of Spanish conquistador Don Diego de Vargas in 1692 after an Indian revolt drove out Spanish settlers. An annual, ceremonial reenactment of a 17th-century Spanish conquistador reclaiming Santa Fe from Native Americans will no longer take place. (AP Photo/ Morgan Lee, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An annual reenactment of a 17th-century Spanish conquistador reclaiming Santa Fe from Native Americans after an uprising will end amid protests that it whitewashed a dark period in New Mexico history.

Flooding closes famed AZ waterfalls through August

This Thursday, July 12, 2018 photo released by Benji Xie shows flooding from a waterfall on the Havasupai reservation in Supai, Ariz. About 200 tourists were being evacuated Thursday from a campground on tribal land near famous waterfalls deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon. (Benji Xie via AP)

SUPAI, Ariz. (AP) — A popular hiking and camping destination on tribal land deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon is closed to tourists through August.

3 injured in plane crash at Catalina Island airport

This photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows first responders examining the scene of a plane crash at the airport near Avalon on Santa Catalina Island off the Southern California coast Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Three people were injured, one severely in the 9:30 a.m. crash. The single-engine Piper PA-32 went off the runway after landing, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)

AVALON, Calif. (AP) — Three people were injured in a plane crash Wednesday at the notoriously tricky airport on Catalina Island off the Southern California coast.

Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star vandalized

This photo shows Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that was vandalized Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles police Officer Ray Brown said the vandalism was reported early Wednesday and someone was subsequently taken into custody. Authorities said a pickax was used in the vandalism. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed before dawn Wednesday, and a man was later arrested.

Idaho lags nation in number of women judges

Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robyn Brody, with hand raised, takes the oath of office in January 2017, administered by former Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Copple Trout. Seated are current Chief Justice Roger Burdick, left, and Justice Warren Jones, who retired from the court this year and was replaced by Justice John Stegner. courtesy Robyn Brody

Idaho had the lowest percentage of women judges in the nation in 2012, at just 12 percent.

Heart of Yosemite to close as crews battle wildfire

Mara Schumann photographs a plume of smoke from the Ferguson Fire in Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Parts of the park, including Yosemite Valley, will close Wednesday as firefighters work to stop the blaze. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Campsites and lodges emptied out after disappointed tourists were ordered to leave the heart of Yosemite National Park by noon Wednesday, as firefighters battled to contain a huge wildfire just to the west that has threatened the park’s forest and sent up smoke that obscured grand vistas of waterfalls and sheer granite faces.

L.A .chief says police fired fatal shot at market

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore speaks at a news conference at police headquarters Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Los Angeles, where he announced that a store worker killed in a gun battle before a suspect took hostages in a crowded supermarket was hit by a police officer's bullet. The employee, Melyda Corado, 27, was leaving the store Saturday, July 21, as the suspect, Gene Evin Atkins, 28, was going into the store after firing two rounds officers pursuing him, Moore told reporters. The two officers each fired back at Atkins and one of their rounds went through one of Corado's arms and into her body. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A supermarket worker was killed by a bullet fired by Los Angeles police — not the gunman they were trying to stop — the city’s police chief acknowledged Tuesday, defending the decision to use deadly force as an attempt to stop what officers feared could become a mass shooting.



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