Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Arizona Firefighter's Widow May Fight City Over Benefits

Juliann Ashcraft, wife of late firefighter Andrew Ashcraft, receives a U.S. flag during a memorial service in July. Ashcraft says the city has refused to pay full benefits for her husband's death, calling him a seasonal employee.
David Kadlubowski AP

The widow of a man who died fighting a wildfire this summer as part of a "hotshots" team based in Prescott, Ariz., says her attempts to be paid her late husband's lifetime benefits have been denied. The city's explanation is that Andrew Ashcraft, 29, was a seasonal employee, Juliann Ashcraft said Wednesday.

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Wed July 31, 2013

Royal Gorge Bridge May Reopen In August

The Royal Gorge Bridge, seen from below in this photo taken June 2012 - before the fire.
Kari Flickr - Creative Commons


Sat July 27, 2013


Fri July 26, 2013

Royal Gorge Disaster Declaration Signed By President

Royal Gorge Fire perimeter map, June 13
Credit Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team

President Obama signed a Colorado Disaster Declaration Friday, releasing federal dollars for victims of the 2013 June Royal Gorge wildfire.

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Tue July 23, 2013

Nevada Wildfire Could Snuff Out A Rare Butterfly

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 5:10 pm

The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is a rare species found only in a few small areas high up in Nevada's Spring Mountains.
Corey Kallstrom USFWS

A big wildfire in a mountain range just west of Las Vegas has put at risk the Mount Charleston blue butterfly, a rare species found in the U.S.

The fire is dying down, but it may be weeks before experts can get to the remarkable area where this butterfly lives to see if it made it through.

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