Interior Department

DENVER | US says ex-nuke site won’t open to public, then says it will

DENVER — The U.S. Interior Department said Friday it will go ahead with plans to open a wildlife refuge at the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado, after briefly putting the opening on hold amid concerns about public safety. Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, on the perimeter of a government factory that … Continue reading DENVER | US says ex-nuke site won’t open to public, then says it will

BILLINGS, Mont. | Judge to decide on grizzly bear hunts in Idaho, Wyoming

BILLINGS, Mont.— A U.S. judge is due to decide Thursday if two Rocky Mountain states can move forward with the first public hunts for grizzly bears in the Lower 48 in almost three decades. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in Missoula, Montana, last month put on hold for two weeks bear hunts that are scheduled … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Judge to decide on grizzly bear hunts in Idaho, Wyoming

BILLINGS, Mont. | US wildlife boss departs after stirring fears on species law

BILLINGS, Mont.  — The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is stepping down after a 14-month tenure in which the agency proposed broad changes to rules governing protections for thousands of species and pushed for more hunting and fishing on federal lands, officials said Thursday. Greg Sheehan will leave the agency next week … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | US wildlife boss departs after stirring fears on species law

WASHINGTON | Popular national parks to raise fees to $35, not $70

WASHINGTON | April 12, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  — The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 per vehicle to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other iconic parks. A plan announced Thursday would boost … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Popular national parks to raise fees to $35, not $70

Interior spending $139K to fix doors in Sec. Zinke’s office

WASHINGTON/March 8 ,2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request about it from The Associated Press, spokeswoman Heather Swift said. The project was planned by … Continue reading Interior spending $139K to fix doors in Sec. Zinke’s office

Despite complaints, Interior boss pushing big reorganization

DENVER /February 15, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pressing ahead with a massive overhaul of his department, despite growing opposition to his proposal to move hundreds of public employees out of Washington and create a new organizational map that largely ignores state boundaries. Zinke wants to divide most of the department’s 70,000 employees … Continue reading Despite complaints, Interior boss pushing big reorganization

APNewsBreak: Dems say Interior boss is withholding key facts

DENVER /February 14, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Two Democratic congressmen are accusing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of withholding key information from lawmakers while launching a massive overhaul of his department. Reps. Raul Grijalva (gree-HAHL’-vuh) of Arizona and Donald McEachin of Virginia sent Zinke a letter Wednesday demanding he halt the reorganization and provide more information. Zinke’s … Continue reading APNewsBreak: Dems say Interior boss is withholding key facts

Interior to replace Obama-era rule on methane emissions

WASHINGTON/February 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — The Interior Department is replacing an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. A rule being published in the Federal Register this week will replace the 2016 rule with requirements similar to those in force before the Obama administration changed the regulation. … Continue reading Interior to replace Obama-era rule on methane emissions