Family travel five: Rekindling dreams of a family vacation
With the possibility of a vaccine on the horizon, perhaps we can rekindle our dreams of a future family vacation. Here are five ideas to consider.———1. Powder HoundsFor those who relish the white stuff, travel to Colorado ski country is always a high-altitude hit. If you plan to visit a mountain resort this season, it will be important to review ski area websites, social media and other channels for tips, deals, COVID-19 information and the most up-to-date resort protocols.Know that many ski areas will be requiring prepurchase of lift tickets, ski school reservations, rentals and other activit...
Landmark Flint water crisis settlement grows to $641 million as it moves to court
DETROIT — A landmark settlement in the Flint water crisis came a step closer to reality late Tuesday, when attorneys in the class-action lawsuit presented the agreement to a federal court with an additional $41.2 million.The $641.25 million settlement, if approved by the court, would largely go to victims of the water crisis that emerged after Flint residents learned their drinking water had been contaminated with lead after a source switch to river water in 2014.“After years of hard-fought litigation and extensive negotiations, plaintiffs have reached an agreement to resolve claims against th...
The Detroit News
Up to $1,500 off: California rolls out a new incentive program for clean cars
In another example of California encouraging drivers to buy zero- or low-emissions vehicles, the California Air Resources Board and the state’s utilities have teamed up to launch a program offering a discount of up to $1,500 on the purchase or lease of new electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids.Called the California Clean Fuel Reward, the program is open to all residents of the Golden State, provided they register the vehicles with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.“The goal of the program is to accelerate the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on California’s roads and highways,” Sandy Be...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Dark skies are a Minnesota outdoors treasure
MINNEAPOLIS — With each passing year, a Minnesota outdoors phenomenon on the fringe comes further into the light: the state’s dark skies.This week they’ve been feted with a virtual “Star Party” for the public through the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum. Astrophysicists, light pollution experts, NASA ambassadors, photographers — and even public lands managers — turned the attention skyward, and for good reason.The impressive collective dovetails with increased recognition of the state’s exceptional starry skies. Much of the attention is centered Up North in Cook County, where people have ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Minnesota deer opener was poor for harvest and CWD sampling
MINNEAPOLIS — Bagging a buck on the opening weekend of the Minnesota firearms deer season proved more difficult than usual in conditions that were windy and unseasonably warm, state officials said.The important two-day harvest plunged 21% in comparison to last year’s opener and ranks well below average. In addition, hunting license sales were flat and too few hunters complied with chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing.“We did not have a great opening weekend,” said Barbara Keller, big-game program leader for the Department of Natural Resources.Keller said hunters took 59,711 whitetails Saturda...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Dennis Anderson: Deer camp's solitude broken by a lost voice
MINNEAPOLIS — Dan Pidde hunts the same northern Minnesota country his grandfather first hunted in 1941.Deer aren’t overly abundant in this woodsy location north of Grand Rapids, though Pidde and his small bunch of hearty souls do manage a good buck now and then.But every year they bag their limits of tradition.“We camp in tents in the same spot for the deer opener that we do for the fishing opener,” said Pidde, 39, an engineer who lives in the Twin Cities. “We also come to the same place at the end of September to fish and camp.”Often on the deer opener ice will greet them when they launch boa...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bezos Earth Fund gives nearly $800 million to climate groups in first round of grants
SEATTLE — In its first round of grants, the $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund will award $791 million to 16 environmental organizations largely focused on researching and implementing ways to reduce carbon emissions, build green jobs and restore wildlife.The funding round announced Monday was remarkably large for an organization that does not have a website and has not published a list of staff, named a director or released instructions on how to apply for grants.Five big-name environmental nonprofits — the Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, World Res...
The Seattle Times
With climate challenges looming, new head of Philadelphia's gas utility faces a tough balancing act
Philadelphia Gas Works got its start in 1836 manufacturing gas for public street lights. The production of gas from coal was a foul business, but one could argue that it was an environmental trade-off since fossil fuels eventually displaced whale oil in the lighting market. Whales were spared from extinction, but the whaling industry was not.In the 20th century, electric lighting eclipsed gas lamps. Companies like PGW began selling gas as a cooking fuel, making wood stoves obsolete. PGW later shifted to “natural” gas extracted from the earth — not manufactured from coal — allowing it to expand...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'He came back from the dead': Lost Mount Rainier hiker starts to recover after rescue in whiteout conditions
SEATTLE — It took dozens of park rangers, searchers, doctors and nurses, but Michael Knapinski, who became lost amid freezing, whiteout conditions in Mount Rainier National Park last weekend, was brought back to life in what his medical team is calling a miraculous recovery.The 45-year-old from Woodinville left for a snowy hike with a friend on the morning of Nov. 7. His friend planned to ski down the mountain to Camp Muir, while Knapinski was going to snowshoe to Paradise.“I was pretty close to the end (of the trail). … Then it turned to whiteout conditions, and I couldn’t see anything,” Knap...
The Seattle Times
Chemical injected in town's drinking water called 'an environmental injustice'
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Residents of a small town that injected an unapproved chemical into their drinking water for 10 years want the chemical manufacturer and South Carolina health regulators to pay for exposing them to the unauthorized water additive.Berry Systems Inc. and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control face potential liability over the use of Halosan in the town of Denmark, a remote community that for years has drawn complaints about the quality of its drinking water.Lawyers for the residents asked a court this past week to add Berry and DHEC to a 2018 class action lawsui...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)