May 1, 2005 |
A rapidly graying U.S. population will continue migrating to the South and West, according to new projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, with Florida, California and Texas making up nearly half of the total U.S. population growth between 2000 and 2030. The states are expected to each gain more than 12 million people during the period.
August 2, 2002 |
Thirteen senators, all but one from the West, announced their support Thursday for a plan to reduce the risk of catastrophic forest fires on federal land by cleaning out underbrush, thinning trees and--if necessary--building roads to provide emergency vehicles with access to remote forest regions.
July 22, 2002 |
* Their numbers swelled by the drought, grasshoppers and Mormon crickets are ravaging crops across the West in what could be the biggest such infestation since World War II. "They're even eating the paint off some of the houses," said Nebraska farmer Robert Larson. A mild winter and hot, dry weather since the spring have sped up the maturation of some grasshopper species and allowed more of the insects and their eggs to survive the cold.
June 30, 2007 |
Ranching, mining, energy exploration and other activities that raise dust in the West are helping diminish the snowpack that supplies much of the region's water, researchers reported Tuesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. University of Colorado scientists said dust was blowing from the deserts onto the state's snowcapped mountains, absorbing more of the sun's warmth because of its darker color and melting the snow earlier and more quickly than in the past.
February 27, 2007 |
In a plan to curb global warming, five governors from Western states agreed Monday to work together to set a regional cap this year on carbon dioxide emissions, and join forces in a market-based emissions trading program within 18 months. The agreement came as the largest utility in Texas, TXU Corp.
January 2, 2006 |
A New Year's Day avalanche killed two men who were snowmobiling near Rocky Mountain National Park northwest of Denver, and a snowshoer was missing and presumed dead after another avalanche in Utah, officials said. Forecasters warned that heavy snowfall and high wind made mountain conditions hazardous in both states. A blizzard was moving through the Colorado mountains near Trap Lake where the two snowmobilers were caught in the avalanche, authorities said.
January 15, 2006 |
SO far this winter, it appears the heavens have answered the prayers of skiers, particularly of those who like to travel. Ski conditions across the Western U.S. are the most consistent in years, and significant or adequate snow is blanketing resorts across the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades and the central and northern Rockies.
August 1, 2004 |
Four of the five states with the largest percentage increases in housing units between April 1, 2000, and July 1, 2003, are in the West, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report. Nevada led all states with a 13% increase in the number of homes during the 39-month period. Following Nevada in new-home supply were Arizona, Colorado and Georgia (all about 9%) and Utah (8%). Nevada has had the highest annual rate of population growth for 17 consecutive years.
May 5, 2004 |
The myths and paradoxes of the new American West were explored Tuesday as experts here released a comprehensive report highlighting sweeping changes in population, growth and the environment across the Rocky Mountain region. Most Westerners don't live off the land, aren't especially rugged and like big-box stores and lattes as much as anyone else, the statistics show.