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Politics Apr 16Former Interior Secretary Zinke hired by gold mining firm
U.S. Gold Corp. is pursuing project approvals involving the federal agency that Zinke left fewer than four months ago.
Nation Mar 15U.S. eases land restrictions meant to protect greater sage grouse
Environmentalists say loosening the restrictions will allow more oil and gas drilling and other activities on grouse habitat.
Nation Mar 14U.S. proposes lifting protections for gray wolves
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to revoke the gray wolves' endangered and threatened species status, which could allow them to be hunted.
Nation Mar 06U.S. wildlife officials plan to remove protections for gray wolves
The decision to lift protections is based on the resurgence of the gray wolf population, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman said.
Nation Feb 20U.S. mining sites dump 50 million gallons of fouled wastewater daily
That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states.
Politics Jan 04Outgoing Interior secretary Ryan Zinke defends legacy as he leaves
As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press that the myriad allegations against him will be proven untrue.
Politics Dec 15Interior Secretary Zinke resigning, cites ‘vicious’ attacks
In his resignation letter, Zinke said "vicious and politically motivated attacks" against him had "created an unfortunate distraction" in fulfilling the agency's mission.
Nation Dec 06Interior Department to loosen regulations protecting sage grouse
The Trump administration plans to ease restrictions on oil drilling, mining and other activities that could encroach on the bird's habitat.
Nation Oct 08Zinke approves ban on new mining claims on prized land near Yellowstone
The picturesque, 10,915-foot mountain has been at the center of the debate over whether mining should be allowed.
Nation Dec 09National monument eyed in Montana as others reduced by Trump
Even as it clashes with American Indians over reductions to national monuments in the Southwest, the Trump administration is engaging with a Montana tribe over the creation of a new monument on the border of its reservation.