Southwest Life

Conservationists seek protection of California Joshua trees

LOS ANGELES – The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

California to ban smoking on state parks, beaches

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California will ban smoking on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law also bans disposing cigar and cigarette waste...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park

Weeks before I actually headed to Mammoth Cave National Park for a weekend trip, and a day after I’d booked several guided cave tours, I encircled my chest with a tape measure. I was relieved to...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

California bans hotels from using tiny plastic bottles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Hotels in the nation’s most populous state will have to stop giving guests small plastic shampoo bottles under a new law set to take effect starting in 2023. Gov. Gavin Newsom...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

New York library exhibit to pay tribute to J.D. Salinger

NEW YORK – An upcoming exhibit at the New York Public Library will offer a look into the very private life of J.D. Salinger. From Oct. 18 to Jan. 20, 2020, the library will show materials ranging...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Exercise guru Taryn Toomey explains her ‘wacky’ in-flight routine

Taryn Toomey is the founder of Class, a workout program that combines various techniques (yoga, high-intensity interval training, cardio) with cathartic mantras and encouragement to discharge toxic...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

A mecca for outdoor pursuits, Missoula is rich in culture, too

My boyfriend works for a software company based in Missoula, in northwestern Montana. I tag along on his work trips as often as possible, and on every trip its relative dearth of tourists perplexes...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Stephen, Tabitha King plan changes to iconic Maine home

Stephen and Tabitha King are ready for the next chapter for their Victorian mansion that stands behind a wrought iron gate festooned with winged creatures and spiderwebs. The authors want to...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Sam Clemens’ signature appears to be on Mark Twain Cave wall

A pair of Mark Twain enthusiasts who have searched for more than two decades say they’ve found what appears to be Samuel Clemens’ signature from his youth scrawled on the wall of the Missouri cave...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Fast-moving glacier threatens valley in Mont Blanc massif

MILAN – Italian officials sounded an alarm Wednesday over climate change due to the threat that a fast-moving melting glacier is posing to a picturesque valley near the Alpine town of Courmayeur....

DATE: Sept. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Coral die-off predicted as marine heat wave engulfs Hawaii

CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii – At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island – no...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

At the Large Hadron Collider, a peek at the future of science

“Don’t lose sight of me.” Physicist Abhigyan Dasgupta - “Riju” to his family and friends - looks over his shoulder to caution our 12-member group as we prepare to descend 300 feet beneath the...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

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