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Guest opinion: Interior steps up for responsible development

Taking care of the land is a core value here in Montana. The beautiful open prairie in Wolf Point, where I live, embodies what it means to live in Big Sky country, and there is no place I would rather be.

April 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Daines introduces bill to help Northern Cheyenne revive coal swap

Daines introduces bill to help Northern Cheyenne revive coal swap

Leaders of Montana’s Northern Cheyenne tribe on Tuesday sought to revive a three-way coal swap involving the federal government and a Texas company after an earlier proposal stumbled in Congress.

April 01, 2014 4:52 pmLoading…
CSKT reaches agreement with feds on land buyback program

CSKT reaches agreement with feds on land buyback program

PABLO – Two Montana Indian tribes – including the Confederated Salish and Kootenai – are among the first in the nation to finalize agreements with the federal government to facilitate a Native American land buyback program.

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House committee OKs bill lifting ban on watercraft in Yellowstone, Grand Teton

A U.S. House committee on Tuesday unanimously passed a measure that would lift longstanding restrictions on canoes, rafts and other "hand-propelled" vessels in rivers and streams in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

January 28, 2014 5:13 pm
Guest opinion: Time to reform federal coal leasing

Guest opinion: Time to reform federal coal leasing

We recently visited with elected leaders, industry officials and concerned citizens from Montana and Wyoming to discuss coal and money. Our message is simple and clear. The federal lease program run by the Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management is shortchanging the public budgets i…

September 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Enzi pushes back release of mineral payments bill

CHEYENNE — Wyoming's senior U.S. senator is delaying the release of legislation that aims to block the federal government from cutting mineral royalty payments to 35 states.

May 09, 2013 6:00 pmLoading…
Senators from Wyoming, New Mexico seek to restore minerals payments

Senators from Wyoming, New Mexico seek to restore minerals payments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — U.S. senators from Wyoming and New Mexico said Tuesday that they plan to roll out legislation this week to restore about $110 million in cuts to a federal minerals payment program that hit their states the hardest.

May 07, 2013 6:04 pmLoading…
Construction Zone:  New federal office building enhances downtown area

Construction Zone: New federal office building enhances downtown area

Billings recently celebrated the addition of a new Department of Interior building downtown at 2021 Fourth Ave. N. Sally Mayberry, regional public affairs officer for the Rocky Mountain Region with the General Services Administration, spoke with Billings Business staff about this project.

May 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Budget cuts bring uncertainty for Lee Metcalf refuge

Budget cuts bring uncertainty for Lee Metcalf refuge

STEVENSVILLE – “Uncertainty” is a word that Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge manager Tom Reed is getting to know well this spring.

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Lawsuit challenges coal mine approvals in 4 states

Lawsuit challenges coal mine approvals in 4 states

An environmental group seeking to temporarily halt mining at seven coal mines in four states has sued the federal government, saying Thursday the approval of the mines allowed companies to dig up a combined 1.3 billion tons of the fuel across the Rocky Mountain West.

February 28, 2013 2:46 pmLoading…
Scheels general contractor favoring local businesses in $40 million project

Scheels general contractor favoring local businesses in $40 million project

Three million dollars, 546 steel pilings and 150 truckloads of concrete later, there is little to see on the Scheels site at Shiloh Crossing. Much of the construction has been underground.

February 17, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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New federal office building construction ahead of schedule

New federal office building construction ahead of schedule

The construction of a new federal office building at 2021 Fourth Ave. N. for about 400 Department of Interior employees is going smoothly and is ahead of schedule.

February 04, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Citizen board recommends BLM sterilize wild horses

Citizen board recommends BLM sterilize wild horses

SALT LAKE CITY — The federal agency charged with managing wild horses and burros that roam freely across 11 Western states should consider sterilizing some mares to control booming mustang populations and protect rangelands, a citizen advisory panel recommended Tuesday.

October 30, 2012 6:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Reliance on Canadian aircraft leaves U.S. firefighters out of work

GB Aerial operates single-engine air tankers via firefighting contracts throughout the United States. Presently, we are on an exclusive-use contract with the Bureau of Land Management in Miles City.

September 12, 2012 12:05 amLoading…
Wolves may be delisted in Wyoming Friday

Wolves may be delisted in Wyoming Friday

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming wildlife officials expect the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make an announcement about delisting wolves in the state Friday.

August 30, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Government won't put liens on divided tribal lands

WASHINGTON — Native American tribes don't have to reimburse the government for buying divided-up tribal land so it can be returned to them, the Department of Interior said Friday.

August 10, 2012 1:56 pmLoading…
Cloud Peak, Crow Tribe reach 1.4B ton coal deal

Cloud Peak, Crow Tribe reach 1.4B ton coal deal

A Wyoming mining company has reached tentative option agreements to lease and mine an estimated 1.4 billion tons of coal on southeastern Montana's Crow Indian Reservation, in a deal that appears aimed at tapping into the growing export market for a fuel that's in decline domestically.

July 25, 2012 7:34 pmLoading…

$3.4 billion Indian land royalty settlement upheld

HELENA — A panel of appellate judges on Tuesday upheld a $3.4 billion settlement between the U.S. government and hundreds of thousands of Native American plaintiffs whose land trust royalties were mismanaged by the Interior Department.

May 22, 2012 12:14 pmLoading…

Cultural items returned to Montana tribes

POPLAR — Cultural items seized at a Montana and Canadian border crossing by U.S. officials who uncovered an illegal smuggling operation have been returned to the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes.

May 12, 2012 5:13 pmLoading…

Public meeting and negotiation session set for proposed water compact for CMR refuge

A public meeting and negotiation session on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal for a federal reserved water right compact with the state for the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge is planned for 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Yogo Inn in Lewistown.

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