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)
The Bear Fire 'smoldered for weeks,' then destroyed a town. Was Forest Service slow to fight it?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Started by a lightning strike in mid-August, the Bear Fire had been burning for weeks in the rugged mountain terrain of the Plumas National Forest — attracting comparatively little attention from the public or media as much larger wildfires burned elsewhere in Northern California.And then on Tuesday, with fierce Diablo winds blowing, it turned into a monster. By Wednesday, it had destroyed much of the tiny community of Berry Creek, had killed three people and was threatening the city of Oroville.The sudden devastation left some local officials irate and defeated Berry Cree...
The Sacramento Bee