Flash floods, earthquake in Indonesia kill over 80
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of people killed after torrential downpours triggered flash floods and mudslides that tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia's easternmost province...
Quake-triggered landslide kills 2 on Indonesia’s Lombok
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake triggered a landslide that hit a popular waterfall on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least two people and...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee environmental officials have added nearly 400 acres to Piney Falls State Natural Area in Rhea County.
Kentucky’s Salato Wildlife Education Center is reopening
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Salato Wildlife Education Center is reopening this week, complete with renovations made during the facility's winter closure.
‘Firefall’ phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite’s El Capitan
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — California's Yosemite National Park is again wowing visitors and photographers with its annual "firefall."
Permits for waterfalls in Arizona canyon nearly sold-out
SUPAI, Ariz. (AP) — Permits to visit an Arizona canyon where waterfalls cascade into blue-green pools are nearly sold out, as expected.
The waterfalls on the Havasupai (hav-uh-SU'-peye) reservation have become increasingly popular over the years.
Permits to hike into the canyon and stay at a campground went on sale Friday and quickly were snatched up. The tribe says only a few remain for early February.
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Body of missing university student found in Upper Peninsula
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say searchers have found the body of a Northern Michigan University student who went missing on a hike to photograph waterfalls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Tribal land known for waterfalls won’t allow tour guides
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The thousands of tourists who travel to a remote Native American reservation deep in the Grand Canyon each year to camp near a series of picturesque, blue-green waterfalls will have to do so without the benefit of professional guides.
Police search for NMU student who hiked near UP waterfalls
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Police in the Upper Peninsula are searching for a Northern Michigan University student who went missing on a hiking trip to photograph waterfalls.
The search for 25-year-old Guiancarlo Estupigan was suspended Friday evening but was set to resume Saturday in Marquette County's Ishpeming Township.
Snyder, self-described nerd, will use Excel to plan UP trip
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attention Yoopers: That guy pumping gas might be Rick Snyder.
The Michigan governor released a brief video Sunday about his plans after leaving state government. He says he and wife Sue plan to take an Upper Peninsula "whirlwind waterfall" tour at some point in 2019.
Man dies after falling at Manoa Falls on Oahu
HONOLULU (AP) — A 27-year-old man has died after falling from near the top of a waterfall in a popular hiking area on Oahu, authorities said.
The man was found in the pool at the bottom of Manoa Falls on Monday morning after he fell more than 75 feet (23 meters).
Ailish Rincon, who was at the pool with her sister Rocio Crowley and brother-in-law Warren Crowley, witnessed the man's fall.
Part of state forest closed during improvement project
GRANBY, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials have temporarily closed part of a popular gorge and waterfall area in the Enders State Forest in Granby to allow for construction of an improvement project.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the area around the gorge and waterfalls south of Route 219 will be closed to the public. The work is expected to be completed sometime in mid-2019.
Divers find body of hiker at waterfall
STEVENS PASS, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say divers found the body of a missing Chinese businessman who disappeared while hiking near a waterfall in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle.
King County Sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Abbot says investigators believe the 50-year-old man fell Tuesday while visiting the Deception Falls area.
He says teams searched Tuesday and that divers on Wednesday found his body in a pool of water below the falls.
Firefighters rescue students trapped behind raging waterfall
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island firefighters who saved hikers trapped behind a raging waterfall say they thought it would be a recovery mission and not a successful rescue.
Search for missing hiker in SW Washington suspended
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say the search for a 19-year-old hiker missing in southwest Washington since last week has been suspended.
The Skamania County Sheriff's Office says rescue teams looking for Garrett Canada, of Kelso, found indications that he may have entered the water near or past a waterfall in the Lava Canyon area.
The Columbian newspaper reported that Canada was hiking with a friend who reporting him missing the evening of Oct. 15 after the two became separated.
2 hikers rescued after becoming lost on New Hampshire trail
BARTLETT, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Fish and Game says two hikers are safe after they became lost while hiking in Bartlett and needed to be rescued.
Officials say 73-year-old Allen Burdette and his 60-year-old wife Roberta, of Aberdeen, Maryland, called 911 for help at about 7 p.m. Monday while they were hiking in the vicinity of Diana's Baths waterfalls in Bartlett. They became disoriented and ended up on the Moat Mountain Trail.
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Lease ensures public access to Nebraska’s biggest waterfall
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The public will continue to have access to Nebraska's largest waterfall for at least another 25 years after the state signed a new lease agreement for Smith Falls State Park.
Trail to be built along preserved area of North Branch
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Land Trust says a recreation trail is going to be built on a section of the North Branch of the Winooski River between Worcester and Elmore.
The area includes the North Branch Cascades, which features seven cascading waterfalls and natural swimming holes along a one-mile stretch of the river, which runs beside Vermont Route 12.
Man falls 250 feet to his death in New Hampshire
FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a Connecticut man who spent the evening camping atop a waterfall fell 250 feet (76 meters) to his death in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 23-year-old Zachariah Peterson, of Jewett City, Connecticut, was killed just before midnight Saturday.
Authorities say Peterson and a friend were camping on Cannon Mountain, about a quarter mile along Tram Brook. Police say Peterson slipped and fell the entire length of the waterfall.
American couple drowns at Costa Rica waterfall
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Police in Costa Rica say a U.S. couple has died in an accident at a waterfall known as Belen de Nosarita.
They are identified as 48-year-old Darren Mizokami and his 41-year-old wife Kimberly Tean Mizokami.
Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Organization said Thursday that Darren Mizokami was swimming when he began to have trouble staying afloat. Kimberly reportedly dove in to help him.
King Cove celebrates second hydro facility, lower power cost
KING COVE, Alaska (AP) — A city on the Alaska Peninsula is getting 80 percent of its energy production from hydroelectric sources.
King Cove on Wednesday held a ceremony to commemorate its second hydroelectric facility.
High energy costs are a perennial problem for rural communities off the power grid. Most villages use generators that burn diesel fuel made expensive by high transportation costs.
Body of hiker who fell 1 month ago found below waterfall
IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. (AP) — The body of a hiker from California who fell to his death last month while take a photo above Oregon's Toketee Falls has been recovered.
Hikers spotted 23-year-old Brian Lewinstein's body in the second pool of the waterfall on Thursday while hiking in southwestern Oregon.
Lewinstein fell on Aug. 12 after he crossed a safety fence to take a photo.
Israeli teen falls to death in Yosemite National Park
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Israeli teenager visiting Yosemite National Park in California fell hundreds of feet to his death while hiking near the top of an iconic waterfall.
The Mariposa County coroner's office said 18-year-old Tomer Frankfurter of Jerusalem was near the top of Nevada Fall when he fell.
Assistant coroner Andrea Stewart said Thursday the cause of the fall on Wednesday was not immediately known, but it was considered an accident.
Arizona canyon famed for waterfalls to reopen after flooding
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Weeks after flooding rushed through a world-famous gorge off the Grand Canyon, sending tourists fleeing to higher ground, the Arizona tribe that calls the area home is ready to welcome visitors to its reservation known for towering waterfalls that cascade into blue-green pools.
Outside Quebec City’s wall, a waterfall and more enticements
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — It's what's inside the historic wall of Quebec City that makes people want to visit. It's what's outside that makes people want to stay.
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Dubuque racing group board approves veterans memorial
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque racing group has approved a plan to spend $3.4 million on a veterans memorial for an island in the Mississippi River.
Dubuque racing group hopes to build $3.4M veterans memorial
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque racing group hopes to spend $3.4 million on a veterans memorial for an island in the Mississippi River that'll include walkways, a waterfall and a sculpture.
Man rescued from base of New Jersey waterfall after fall
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man was rescued from the base of a New Jersey waterfall after he fell attempting to retrieve his cellphone.
NorthJersey.com reports that two dozen firefighters, police and other first responders pulled the man up a sheer concrete wall at Great Falls in Paterson just before 9 a.m. Saturday.
Fire department adopts dog it saved from base of waterfall
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey fire department plans to adopt the dog it rescued from the base of a waterfall.
New safety rules enacted at popular Catskills waterfall
HAINES FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — New regulations are in effect at Kaaterskill Falls, a 230-foot (70-meter) two-tiered waterfall in the Catskills that's one of the region's most popular destinations.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says the rules and more than $1 million in safety improvements were needed because of a substantial increase in public use in recent years. There have been six fatal accidents and numerous injuries there in the last decade.
Couple lost in Wyoming ice cave for nearly 2 days rescued
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — A man and woman got lost inside a mazelike ice cave in Wyoming for nearly two days and were hypothermic when rescuers found them.
Teton County Undersheriff Matt Carr told the Jackson Hole News and Guide that the Idaho couple had burned their backpacks and other gear to stay warm after getting soaked by a waterfall in the Darby Canyon Ice Cave.
2 tourists, 3 first responders recover after Georgia rescue
TALLULAH FALLS, Ga. (AP) — Two tourists and three emergency crew members are recovering after a rescue in the north Georgia mountains.
Chad Black, director of Habersham County Emergency Services Director Chad Black tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that one person was injured from a "substantial fall" Sunday near a waterfall in Tallulah Gorge.
Firefighter rappels from bridge, rescues stranded dog
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey firefighter rappelled from a bridge to rescue a dog stranded at the base of a waterfall.
Paterson firefighters were called to Great Falls on Sunday. Fire Capt. Scott Parkin made his way down to the animal and lured it in with food. Parkin put a net over the dog before it was lifted to safety.
The young pit bull was taken to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland, where it's in stable condition.
Detroit Zoo opens new habitat for Japanese giant salamanders
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A new habitat at the Detroit Zoo is a home for Japanese giant salamanders.
The former Rainforest Immersion Gallery at the zoo's National Amphibian Conservation Center has been transformed into a space to provide the aquatic amphibians with a habitat twice the size of their previous dwelling.
LONG LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a 43-year-old western New York man has drowned while swimming at a waterfall in the Adirondack Mountains.
Troopers say they responded around 3 p.m. Saturday to a report of a drowning at Buttermilk Falls in the Hamilton County town of Long Lake, 100 miles (161) kilometers) northwest of Albany.
SUPAI, Ariz. (AP) — An American Indian tribe whose land lies deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon has issued a disaster declaration after extensive flooding forced the evacuation of tourists.
The Havasupai reservation is known for its towering blue-green waterfalls that draw tourists from around the world. Earlier this month, it was hit by floodwaters that swept through Havasu Canyon and sent tourists scurrying to higher ground.
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.
The Havasupai Tribal Council made the announcement Tuesday.
Torrents of water rushed through the canyon in mid-July, forcing about 200 tourists to be evacuated by helicopter.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The heart of Yosemite National Park, where throngs of tourists are awe-struck by cascading waterfalls and towering granite features like El Capitan and Half Dome, will be closed as firefighters try to corral a huge wildfire just to the west that has cast a smoky pall and threatened the park's forest, officials said Tuesday.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A crack in rock that forced the closure of a popular waterfall tourist viewing area in Grand Teton National Park hasn't grown over the past week.
In addition, the National Park Service says the crack may have begun to expand last fall and it's uncertain when additional expansion occurred in recent months.
Officials have been monitoring the crack in a rock buttress above the Hidden Falls viewing area near Jenny Lake since July 10 when they first learned about it.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A new sculpture evoking Niagara Falls has been installed in the falls' namesake city.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Hundreds of tourists who booked coveted overnight trips on tribal land deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon will have to reschedule after heavy flooding forced evacuations and shut down the area for at least a week.
Abbie Fink, a spokeswoman for the Havasupai Tribe, said 300 people had reservations for either the campground or the lodge in the next several days. Crews were assessing the damage Friday to determine when it's safe for visitors to return.
Video Shows Floods Hitting Tribal Land in Ariz.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in an Arizona canyon known for its towering blue-green waterfalls (all times local):
Hundreds of people who planned a trip to a northern Arizona canyon world-renowned for its blue-green waterfalls will have to reschedule.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Torrents of water rushed Thursday through an Arizona canyon famous for its towering blue-green waterfalls, sending tourists scrambling to benches, trees and caves as they sought higher ground.
Rescue workers evacuated most of the 200 tourists after two rounds of flooding hit the Havasupai reservation, deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon.
LAKE TOXAWAY, N.C. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl has died at a North Carolina waterfall.
News outlets reported the girl fell from Rainbow Falls in Transylvania County around noon on the Fourth of July.
County emergency medical services director Bobby Cooper said the victim was H'Money Siu of Charlotte.
BANNER ELK, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff's office says a man has died after jumping off some rocks at a waterfall.
JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man's body was recovered from the river near a Pennsylvania waterfall, the second death in the same area in two weeks.
Fire department officials in Jim Thorpe said the man was reported missing at about 5 p.m. Friday in the Lehigh River near Glen Onoko Falls in Lehigh Gorge State Park.