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Amid plutonium fears, schools ban visits to new Colorado wildlife refuge

A nearby town is suing over fears that the land, once home to a nuclear weapons facility, still poses a threat The nations newest national wildlife refuge, filled with swaying prairie grass and home to a herd of elk, is slated to open next month just outside Colorados largest city. But seven Denver metro area school districts have already barred school-sanctioned field trips to the preserve. A top local health official says he would probably never hike there. And a town is suing over what the soil might contain. Rocky…

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‘I feel safer on a trail than at the store’: hiking is my escape from sexual harassment

After a terrifying experience with stalking, I resent that Im safer backpacking in the woods than I am in the place I live Before I learned the stinging of breaking in new hiking boots or the aching cold that is a tented night in northern California, I learned that backpacking- especially as a woman- is dangerous. Everyone said it: aren’t you afraid of being a woman alone in the wilderness? Outside The wilderness is an press charges, one male officer told me, with the caveat that a restraining order was…

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US government failing millions by paying below $15 an hour, study finds

Study indicates government utilizes more workers making less than $15 an hour than any other employer in the U The federal government utilizes more workers building less than $15 an hour than any other employer in the US, a new report has revealed. The study, compiled by pro-union group Good Jobs Nation, analyzed federal data and showed that the government spends more than $1.6 tn on federal contractors employing more than 12.5 million people with 4.5 million of those workers constructing below $15 an hour. Many of these employees are…

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Hawaii volcano eruption prompts fears of disastrous blow to tourism

Hawaiis $2.4 bn industry is struggling in the wake of the Kilauea Volcano eruptions, with bookings for May through July down 50% David Collier, who has been guiding trips on the island for a decade, clutched the wheel of a 13 -person van last week on the road up to Mauna Kea observatory. Up until Kilauea began erupting this month, his full-time chore was taking visitors on three separate volcano-related tours. Now, with Hawaii Volcanoes national park shut and the district of Puna inundated with lava, two of those three…

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‘Bad things happen in the woods’: the anxiety of hiking while black

Three African American hikers describe the fears and stereotypes they have faced and why they love hitting the trails Aaron Jones, 32, Chicago A few years ago, a white friend suggested we go on a hike. All the anxieties I had about being in nature hit me in the face. It’s a very real anxiety for black people, especially those from urban communities, that bad things happen to black people in the woods, like lynching. It’s something that you ensure again and again when you look at the history of…

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