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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