Sightseeing

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2015 file photo shows El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Officials at Yosemite say a chunk of rock broke off El Capitan on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, along one of the world's most famously scaled routes at the height of climbing season. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
September 27, 2017 - 10:11 pm
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A massive rock fall Wednesday on the granite face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park killed one person and injured another at the height of climbing season, an official said. At least 30 climbers were on the wall at the time, but it was not clear if the...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2017 file photo, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks during a news conference near Gold Butte National Monument in Bunkerville, Nev. Zinke appears to be carving out an exception for his home state from the Trump administration’s agenda to open more public lands to natural resources development. Zinke wants to curb mining in Montana outside Yellowstone National Park. He’s also recommending Trump create a new national monument on 130,000-acres of forest land in northwest Montana while shrinking monuments in several other states. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File) /Las Vegas Sun via AP)
September 27, 2017 - 1:41 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has closely followed his boss' playbook, encouraging mining and drilling on public lands and reducing the size of national monuments that President Donald Trump called a "massive land grab" by his Democratic predecessors. Except, that is, in...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2005, file photo, tourist Chris Farthing from Suffolks County, England, takes a picture of the Chaco Canyon ruins while visiting the park in Chaco Canyon, N.M. A group of archaeologists and professors is expected Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, to release a report on the potential effects of increased oil and gas development in an expansive region surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has become a flash point as environmentalists and tribal leaders look to curb drilling in the San Juan Basin. (AP Photo/Jeff Geissler, File)
September 22, 2017 - 6:04 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Archaeologists, professors and other researchers on Friday called for more protections of an expansive area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park, saying increased oil and gas development has the potential to destroy parts of the landscape that could provide a...
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FILE - This July 6, 2011 file photo shows a grizzly bear roaming near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wildlife advocates and a Montana Indian tribe are asking a U.S. court to restore protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park so that trophy hunting of the fearsome animals would not be allowed. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File)
August 30, 2017 - 5:24 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates and a Montana Indian tribe have asked a U.S. court to restore protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park so that trophy hunting of the fearsome animals would not be allowed. The Northern Cheyenne Tribe, the Humane Society and...
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FILE - In this May 28, 2013, file photo, a hiker walks on a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he's recommending that none of 27 national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean and under review by the Trump administration be eliminated, including the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)
August 25, 2017 - 12:47 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tribes, ranchers and conservationists know that none of the national monuments ordered reviewed by President Donald Trump will be eliminated, but the changes in store for the sprawling land and sea areas remain a mystery after the administration kept a list of recommendations...
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FILE - In this May 28, 2013, file photo, a hiker walks on a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he's recommending that none of 27 national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean and under review by the Trump administration be eliminated, including the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)
August 25, 2017 - 12:39 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tribes, ranchers and conservationists know that none of the national monuments ordered reviewed by President Donald Trump will be eliminated, but the changes in store for the sprawling land and sea areas remain a mystery after the administration kept a list of recommendations...
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FILE - In this May 28, 2013, file photo, a hiker walks on a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he's recommending that none of 27 national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean and under review by the Trump administration be eliminated, including the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)
August 24, 2017 - 7:17 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday he won't seek to rescind any national monuments carved from the wilderness and oceans by past presidents. But he said he will press for some boundary changes and left open the possibility of allowing drilling, mining or other...
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FILE- In this undated file photo, the Upper Gulch section of the Escalante Canyons within Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument features sheer sandstone walls, broken occasionally by tributary canyons. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he's recommending that none of 27 national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean and under review by the Trump administration be eliminated, including the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)
August 24, 2017 - 1:13 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a review of possible changes for U.S. national monuments protecting wilderness and ocean (all times local): 10:55 a.m. A White House official says President Donald Trump has received U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendations about national monuments...
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FILE- In this undated file photo, the Upper Gulch section of the Escalante Canyons within Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument features sheer sandstone walls, broken occasionally by tributary canyons. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he's recommending that none of 27 national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean and under review by the Trump administration be eliminated, including the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)
August 24, 2017 - 1:02 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a review of possible changes for U.S. national monuments protecting wilderness and ocean (all times local): 9:55 a.m. A White House official says President Donald Trump has received U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendations about national monuments...
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FILE - In this May 28, 2013, file photo, a hiker walks on a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he's recommending that none of 27 national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean and under review by the Trump administration be eliminated, including the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)
August 24, 2017 - 11:44 am
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he's recommending that none of 27 national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean and under review by the Trump administration be eliminated. But there would be changes to a "handful," he said. Zinke told The Associated Press that...
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