U.S. poet laureate starts rural reading tour in New Mexico

FILE - In this April 16, 2012 file photo, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith poses outside her apartment in New York. Smith has embarked on the first of several trips to bring her poetry to rural pockets of the country where she says book festivals rarely take her. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. poet laureate has embarked on a series of trips to bring her poetry to rural pockets of the country, with stops in Native American communities and other places she says her work hasn’t taken her in the past.

Cost of addressing Carlsbad sinkhole could reach $43 million

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2009, file photo, a defunct brine well operation in Carlsbad, N.M., is fenced off because state officials fear a cavern that has formed under the site as a result of nearly 30 years of brine production is at risk of collapsing. It could end up costing more than $40 million to remediate the brine well and keep it from collapsing and leaving a massive sinkhole. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported the new price tag is the result of the latest budget proposal developed by the Carlsbad Brine Well Remediation Advisory Authority. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Work to prevent a massive sinkhole from opening on the edge of Carlsbad could end up costing more than $40 million, according to a group of experts working on the problem.

Asthma does not hold back Montana hiker

Heather Johnson, 42, is pictured in Herron Park, west of Kalispell, Mont., Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Anyone attempting these hikes needs fitness and willpower. But Johnson also has to manage asthma every step of the way. (Patrick Reilly/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The outdoors always had a pull on Heather Johnson.

Dogs encouraging Port Hadlock students to read, be calm

Liliahna Jevne, a second-grade student at Chimacum Creek Primary School, reads to Jake during the Read to Rover program on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 in Chimacum, Wash. Every Friday, second-grade students get a chance to read aloud to furry companions in the school's library as part of the "Read to Rover" program. (Jesse Major/The Peninsula Daily News via AP)

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Dogs and students walk side-by-side through the halls of Chimacum Creek Primary School.

Tough well pumping regulations for farmers causing issues

In a Dec. 19, 2017 photo, Harry Strohauer stands near one of the damaged areas in his field east of LaSalle, Colo. As a result of high ground water Strohauer has seen salt deposits like this form on the field, killing the crops in those sections.(Joshua Polson/The Greeley Tribune via AP)

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — While Harry Strohauer lay unconscious in his hospital bed for four days, his doctor gave his wife an ultimatum.

Refugees see opportunity at new life shrinking for others

In this Aug. 10, 2017 photo, Binwa Masoka, left, prepares dinner in the kitchen as Saidi Risasi, right, reads with his nephew Dieu-donne Kiza in their home in Corvallis, Ore. The family are refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Anibal Ortiz/The Corvallis Gazette-Times via AP)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — When the Rwandan genocide spilled over into the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1996, Andre Sungura and Binwa Masoka were among the thousands of Congolese who fled for their lives.

Bystanders stop woman’s suicide attempt in Kennewick

In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 photo, Davion Campbell, left, and his sister, Kyliyah Davis pose on the Kennewick, Wash., side of the Columbia River. The pair stopped a woman Sunday night from trying to kill herself by jumping from the cable bridge into the frigid Columbia River. (Bob Brawdy /The Tri-City Herald via AP)

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — It was a split second glance.



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