Interior Department

WASHINGTON | Interior proposal to limit records requests draws challenge

WASHINGTON — Jan 24, 2019—The Interior Department’s proposal to put restrictions on public records requests under the Freedom of Information Act is being challenged by a Democratic lawmaker, who says it would undermine government transparency. Arizona Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, objected to the changes in a letter late … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Interior proposal to limit records requests draws challenge

WASHINGTON | Federal workers face grim prospect of lengthy shutdown

WASHINGTON — Three days, maybe four. That’s how long Ethan James, 21, says he can realistically miss work before he’s struggling. So as the partial government shutdown stretched into its sixth day with no end in sight, James, a minimum-wage contractor sidelined from his job as an office worker at the Interior Department, was worried. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Federal workers face grim prospect of lengthy shutdown

WASHINGTON | Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year’s end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. Trump, in tweeting Zinke’s departure, said the former Montana congressman “accomplished much during his tenure” and that a replacement would be announced … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration

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