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Northern Arapaho granted 20-year gaming extension

CASPER, Wyo. — The U.S. Department of Interior extended the Northern Arapaho tribe’s authority to operate a casino on the Wind River Reservation by an additional 20 years early last week.

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Feds award $2.2 million to Montana tribes

GREAT FALLS — The U.S. Department of the Interior has awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to five Montana tribes to help them develop energy and mineral resources.

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Montana gets nearly $28M for conservation

BOZEMAN — Montana will receive nearly $28 million from the federal government for wildlife and conservation programs.

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Lawmakers want gray-wolf protections to stay in place

Lawmakers want gray-wolf protections to stay in place

Federal lawmakers pressed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday to drop the administration’s plan to end federal protections for gray wolves across most of the Lower 48 states.

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Effects of government shutdown felt in Billings, CMR, elsewhere

Effects of government shutdown felt in Billings, CMR, elsewhere

Big Sky Honor Flight still scheduled: Montana World War II veterans will fly to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial no matter what, said Bill Kennedy, honor flight vice president.

October 01, 2013 8:40 am Photos

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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…

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Feds to restore cuts in mineral payments to states

Dozens of states will receive a combined $110 million in mineral leasing payments in coming months after federal officials reversed course in a dispute over automatic spending cuts.

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Feds, Wyoming discuss Grand Teton National Park land deal

Feds, Wyoming discuss Grand Teton National Park land deal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell reiterated Wednesday her agency’s commitment to fulfill an agreement with the state of Wyoming that would protect 1,280 acres of Grand Teton National Park from possible development.

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As fires rage, feds cut funding on prevention

As fires rage, feds cut funding on prevention

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As the West battles one catastrophic wildfire after another, the federal government is spending less and less on its main program for preventing blazes in the first place.

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Commissioners: PILT funding increase a costly victory

Wyoming received $23.4 million from the Department of the Interior’ s Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program on Thursday. But the state’s county commissioners are calling it a costly victory.

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Mow is new superintendent of Glacier National Park

Mow is new superintendent of Glacier National Park

WEST GLACIER – The first time Jeff Mow visited Glacier National Park, it was on fire.

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Undervalued coal leases cost U.S. $62 million, federal report says

Undervalued coal leases cost U.S. $62 million, federal report says

Undervalued coal sales have cost the U.S. an estimated $62 million in potential lost revenues in recent years, according to a Tuesday report from federal investigators who recommended broad changes to the government's coal leasing program to stem further losses.

June 11, 2013 4:36 pm Photos

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Victim of Sunburst-area crash identified

GREAT FALLS — Toole County officials have released the name of a 55-year-old Shelby woman who died in a crash on Interstate 15 just south of Sunburst as area residents seek a solution for the blowing alkali dust the caused the crash.

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Pedestrian signal will be a 1st for Montana

Pedestrian signal will be a 1st for Montana

Starting sometime in early May, motorists driving on Fourth Avenue North in downtown Billings will want to keep their eyes peeled for a HAWK.

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Wyoming will get to weigh in on Yellowstone designation

Wyoming will get to weigh in on Yellowstone designation

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming will get a say over whether the Yellowstone River is given a special federal designation, a possibility that drew concern from the state's congressional delegation, whose members worried the designation could limit the river's use.

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New problems emerge on Wind River Reservation after Cobell settlement

New problems emerge on Wind River Reservation after Cobell settlement

CASPER, Wyo. — Mary Alice Addison is raising her five grandchildren. Her daughter died too young.

April 03, 2013 10:35 pm Photos

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New federal rules for Wyoming oil shale draw mixed reactions

New federal rules for Wyoming oil shale draw mixed reactions

CASPER, Wyo. — The federal government's new rules controlling oil shale development are drawing mixed reviews in Wyoming.

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Montana to lose $2.5M in federal mineral payments

HELENA — The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting $2.5 million in federal mineral payments to Montana over the next five months.

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Coal sales investigated by feds; no violations yet

Coal sales investigated by feds; no violations yet

The U.S. Department of Interior is investigating whether mining companies are skirting royalty rules as they increase exports of coal to Asia, federal officials disclosed Friday.

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New BLM rules restrict sales of wild horses

New BLM rules restrict sales of wild horses

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Sales of wild horses and burros will be restricted under new rules announced Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management after an investigation into the sale of more than 1,700 horses to a Colorado livestock hauler who supports the horse meat industry.

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