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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, skiers take the slopes at Alta Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City. Attorneys for the U.S. Forest Service say in court arguments filed this week that the decision by the Alta ski area in Utah to promote a snowboarder-free experience to lure skiers is a rational finding that violates no constitutional rights. Four snowboarders filed the lawsuit in federal court in January. They're claiming discrimination on national forest lands that make up most of the Alta ski area in the mountains east of Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Jeffrey D. Allred, File) )  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT,  MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT.

Salt Lake City launches campaign to lure skiers

- Associated Press

Utah officials launched a $1.8 million campaign Tuesday to market Salt Lake City as “Ski City USA” in an effort to lure skiers away from top destination spots like Colorado and earn a bigger chunk of the lucrative winter sports market.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks to members of the Virginia  Governmental Employees Association at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Chesterfield, Va. Sept. 13, 2014.  Gov. McAuliffe reassured the employees that, in spite of state budget cuts, he pledges to support them.  "I'm working hard for you,"  he told them.  He called state employees "the best" and challenged them to be creative and innovative.   (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, P. Kevin Morley)

Local Va. tourism gets $850,000 boost

Associated Press

More than $850,000 in matching grant money is headed to 46 local tourism initiatives to help regional tourism officials attract more visitors.

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The 120-foot-tall schooner, Clipper City, center, rests stranded near the Statue of Liberty after running aground and getting stuck in shallow water in New York, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. No injuries were reported and the 121 tourists on board were ferried in small boats to a lower Manhattan marina. (AP Photo/The Advance, Bill Lyons) MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT; NO SALES, NYC OUT

Tour ship runs aground by NYC's Statue of Liberty

Associated Press

A 120-foot-tall schooner ran aground and got stuck in shallow waters near the Statue of Liberty on Saturday afternoon, officials said. No injuries were reported and the 121 tourists on board were ferried in small boats to a lower Manhattan marina.

Loveland sculptor creates a mastodon for museum

- Associated Press

Kent Ullberg has designed a shark for Nova Southeastern University in Florida; a 23-foot-tall elephant for the St. Louis Zoo; and 58 Canada geese taking flight for a venue in Omaha, Nebraska. He has designed more than 100 monumental sculptures, all originating in Loveland.

Pedestrians stroll between gleaming luxury apartment buildings along the High Line in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The last stretch of the elevated walkway opens to the public Sunday, Sept. 21. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Last stretch of New York's High Line to open

- Associated Press

The last stretch of New York's High Line opens Sunday, completing one of the nation's most distinctive urban transformations: abandoned elevated rails that have been turned into a linear oasis of flowers, grasses and trees.

NPS approves Lamar Ranch improvement plan

Associated Press

The National Park Service has approved a plan to make infrastructure improvements at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park.

Boo! A guide to Delaware's haunted houses

- Associated Press

For her first few years as the unofficial ghost tour skeptic at Fort Delaware, the state park's historian Laura Lee was a perfect foil for her fellow guide.

New trails await visitors to Lolo Pass

- Associated Press

With a trail maintenance backlog of $314 million, the U.S. Forest Service doesn't build very many new treads for hikers.

'Nearly empty' Picasso museum open in Paris

- Associated Press

Paris' Picasso museum is reopening for two days this weekend after five years of closure over a renovation fraught with setbacks, accusations and sackings. But if the public expects art they'll be disappointed: it's practically empty.

Yellowstone donation program draws $1 million

Associated Press

Yellowstone National Park officials say that since the year 2000, hotel guests have donated more than $1 million toward the park - a few dollars at a time.