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AP NewsBreak: US plans to lift protections for gray wolves

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move certain to re-ignite the legal battle over a predator that’s rebounding in some regions and running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers, an official told The Associated Press. Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was … Continue reading AP NewsBreak: US plans to lift protections for gray wolves

BILLINGS, Mont | Embattled Zinke defends legacy after leaving Trump Cabinet

BILLINGS, Mont. —Jan 03, 2019—As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved ethics investigations, he says he has lived up to the conservation ideals of Teddy Roosevelt and insists the myriad allegations against him will be proven untrue. The former Montana congressman told The Associated Press that he quit … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont | Embattled Zinke defends legacy after leaving Trump Cabinet

BILLINGS, Mont. | States cite climate worries in push to stop US coal sales

BILLINGS, Mont.  — Four states that say burning coal will hurt their residents as it makes climate change worse are trying to stop the Trump administration from selling vast reserves of the fuel that are beneath public lands. Attorneys for California, New Mexico, New York and Washington argue the coal sales have been shortchanging taxpayers … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | States cite climate worries in push to stop US coal sales

BILLINGS, Mont. | US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

BILLINGS, Mont.  — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species. Land management documents released by the U.S. Interior Department show the administration intends … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

BILLINGS, Mont. | Zinke ‘100 percent confident’ he’ll be cleared in probes

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared Monday he’s “100 percent confident” no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that have stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. The former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL faces a number of probes by Interior’s inspector general, including one involving … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Zinke ‘100 percent confident’ he’ll be cleared in probes

BILLINGS, Mont. | Montana Senate race brings out both Trump and ‘The Dude’

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana Senate candidate Matt Rosendale may not be a household name, but he’s surrounded on the campaign trail by President Donald Trump and other big-name Republicans like Vice President Mike Pence, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul. His opponent, Democratic Sen. Jon Tester? He’s got “The Dude.” Arguably the biggest name to … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Montana Senate race brings out both Trump and ‘The Dude’

BILLINGS, Mont. | Montana Senate race awash in outside money as Trump returns

BILLINGS, Mont. — Outside groups and individual donors have poured more than $45 million into Montana’s U.S. Senate race as President Donald Trump prepares a third trip to the Big Sky state in his crusade to unseat two-term Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. The contest is on pace to be the most expensive in Montana history, … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Montana Senate race awash in outside money as Trump returns

EMIGRANT, Mont. | US bans new mining claims on public land near Yellowstone

EMIGRANT, Mont.— U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the towering mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday, after two proposed gold mines raised concerns that an area drawing tourists from the around the globe could be spoiled. As Zinke signed the mineral ban at an outdoor … Continue reading EMIGRANT, Mont. | US bans new mining claims on public land near Yellowstone

EMIGRANT, Mont. | New mining claims banned on prized land near Yellowstone

EMIGRANT, Mont. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the towering mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday, after two proposed gold mines raised concerns that an area drawing tourists from the around the globe could be spoiled. As Zinke signed the mineral ban at an … Continue reading EMIGRANT, Mont. | New mining claims banned on prized land near Yellowstone

BILLINGS, Mont. | Zinke expected to OK block on mining claims near Yellowstone

BILLINGS, Mont.  — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has scheduled a visit next week to Montana, where he’s expected to finalize a proposal to block new mining claims on the forested public lands just outside Yellowstone National Park. Zinke, a former Montana congressman, plans to sign documents and make a “major announcement” about conservation on … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Zinke expected to OK block on mining claims near Yellowstone

BILLINGS, Mont. | Blocked US grizzly hunts fuel call for changes to law

BILLINGS, Mont.— A court ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West carries far wider political implications amid a push by Congress for sweeping changes to how imperiled species are managed. The ruling restored protections for more than 700 grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park. It will likely force federal wildlife officials … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Blocked US grizzly hunts fuel call for changes to law

BILLINGS, Mont. | Protections restored for grizzly bears; hunts blocked

BILLINGS, Mont.  — A U.S. judge ordered federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains on Monday, a move that blocks the first grizzly hunts planned in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. Wyoming and Idaho had been on the cusp of allowing hunters to kill up to 23 bears … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Protections restored for grizzly bears; hunts blocked

BILLINGS, Mont. | Judge restores protections for grizzly bears, blocking hunts

BILLINGS, Mont.— A U.S. judge on Monday ordered federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains, a move that blocks the first hunts planned for the animals in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. The order came as Wyoming and Idaho were on the cusp of allowing up to 23 … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Judge restores protections for grizzly bears, blocking hunts

BILLINGS, Mont. | AP FACT CHECK: Tester did rank No. 1 in cash from lobbyists

BILLINGS, Mont. — Republicans say in a television ad that Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester has taken more money from lobbyists than any other member of Congress this election cycle as he seeks to fend off a challenge from Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale. Tester, a third-generation farmer and former president of the Montana Senate, … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | AP FACT CHECK: Tester did rank No. 1 in cash from lobbyists

BILLINGS, Mont. | Tribes: Trump illegally approved oil pipeline from Canada

BILLINGS, Mont. — Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota sued the Trump administration on Monday, claiming it approved an oil pipeline from Canada without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction. Attorneys for the Rosebud Sioux tribe and Fort Belknap Indian Reservation asked U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Great … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Tribes: Trump illegally approved oil pipeline from Canada

BILLINGS, Mont. | Montana Sen. Tester talks up Trump to defuse GOP challenge

BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is rolling out a new television ad promoting his collaboration with President Donald Trump as the Montana Democrat seeks to inoculate himself against conservative critics ahead of Trump’s upcoming visit to the state. The ad, scheduled to air Thursday, highlights veterans’ health care legislation from Tester that was signed … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Montana Sen. Tester talks up Trump to defuse GOP challenge

BILLINGS, Mont. | US accused of planning crackdown on pipeline protests

BILLINGS, Mont. — Civil liberties advocates sued the U.S. government Tuesday, alleging law enforcement agencies have been making preparations to crack down on anticipated protests over the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and its Montana affiliate filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Missoula against the Defense, Homeland … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | US accused of planning crackdown on pipeline protests

BILLINGS, Mont. | Groups sue US over plans for Keystone XL pipeline protests

BILLINGS, Mont. — Civil liberties advocates sued the U.S. government Tuesday, alleging law enforcement agencies have been maneuvering to crack down on anticipated protests over the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and its Montana affiliate filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Missoula against the Defense, Homeland Security, … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Groups sue US over plans for Keystone XL pipeline protests

BILLINGS, Mont. | Montana murderer freed because it wasn’t ‘crime of violence’

BILLINGS, Mont.— A U.S. judge ordered a convicted killer from Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation released from prison on Thursday after part of his conviction was overturned for not meeting the definition of a violent crime. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek wept as she told the court, including the victim’s three daughters, that she had … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Montana murderer freed because it wasn’t ‘crime of violence’