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Interior secretary to tour sage grouse efforts in Wyoming

Interior secretary to tour sage grouse efforts in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is headed to Wyoming to tour ranchlands where landowners are protecting habitat for the greater sage grouse.

October 14, 2014 9:15 am Photos


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U.S. senator to ask Congress to suspend coal sales

U.S. senator to ask Congress to suspend coal sales

A U.S. senator said Tuesday he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program.

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Government makes buyback offers on Indian lands

Government makes buyback offers on Indian lands

HELENA — The U.S. government has offered to buy parcels of land from nearly 2,100 landowners on the Flathead Reservation as part of an effort to consolidate land that has been split into fractional interests over the years.

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Interior seeks $533,520 penalty from Wyoming gas developer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Interior Department office that oversees revenue collection from oil and gas leases announced Thursday it is seeking a $533,520 civil penalty against a gas developer the agency said failed to report production on federal leases in northeast Wyoming.

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State's congressional delegation proposes act to streamline water permits

Wyoming Republican Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi introduced legislation that would ease permitting requirements for construction of new surface water storage projects in the western United States.

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5 Montana reservations next up in consolidation program

HELENA — Twenty-one American Indian reservations will be the focus of the next phase of a $1.9 billion program to buy fractionated land parcels owned by multiple individuals and turn them over to tribal governments, Interior Department officials said Thursday.

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Judge rules on Wyoming coalbed methane project

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled against environmental groups that challenged the U.S. Interior Department's plan to open the Fortification Creek area in northeastern Wyoming to coalbed methane development.

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Feds give counties in Montana $26.5 million in tax compensation

Montana counties are receiving $26.5 million this year under a program that compensates local governments for the amount of non-taxable federal land in their jurisdiction.

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Federal government to allow Indians to possess eagle feathers

Federal government to allow Indians to possess eagle feathers

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Friday it is going to allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes to possess eagle feathers, although that's a federal crime.

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Mead asks for more time on federal fracking rules

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s governor is asking the Interior Department for more time to study its proposed rules for the use of hydraulic fracturing on federal land.

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Conservation groups sue over Fortification Creek gas wells

CASPER, Wyo. -- Three conservation groups filed suit against the Interior Department in federal court Tuesday over a plan to open an ecologically fragile piece of northeast Wyoming to the development of hundreds of coalbed methane wells.

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Billings City Council could meet briefly

It would be hard to make money betting on what the Billings City Council will do, but it looks as though Monday's council meeting will be a short one.

April 08, 2012 4:45 pmLoading…

Salazar cautious about Pavillion study findings

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday that “the jury’s still out” on the validity of a newly released Environmental Protection Agency study suggesting hydraulic fracturing is polluting groundwater underneath Pavillion.

December 09, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

BLM: No 'crown jewels' in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Bureau of Land Management has waved off a request by the Interior Department to list public lands in the state for possible wilderness protection.

September 01, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Tribes, Federal officials seek new start after $3.4B settlement

American Indian leaders called for a new era in their relations with federal agencies on Friday in the wake of the government's recent $3.4 billion settlement for decades of mismanaging Indian lands.

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Interior: Federal lands add billions of dollars, thousands of jobs to Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — The use of federal lands in Wyoming supported nearly 130,000 jobs and generated about $29 billion in economic activity, more than any other state, according to an Interior Department report.

July 03, 2011 11:55 pmLoading…
Mating call: Biologists monitor grouse during seasonal dance

Mating call: Biologists monitor grouse during seasonal dance

POWELL, Wyo. -- The Pole Cat Bench spreads dark and dusty toward the horizon, a giant slab of land scoured by the wind, the badlands gnawing at its base.

May 12, 2011 12:15 am Photos


Kristen Owen sit-in and arrest

Kristen Owen sit-in and arrest

A report of sit-in protest at Interior Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., Monday at which Kristen Owen of Wyoming was arrested, from Democracy Now!, an activist news website.

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Hundreds of oil and gas leases sitting idle in Bighorn Basin

Hundreds of oil and gas leases sitting idle in Bighorn Basin

CODY, Wyo. — More than two-thirds of the drilling leases issued to oil and natural gas companies in the Bighorn Basin are inactive, figures from the Bureau of Land Management show.

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Interior Department report probes favors to Casper BLM official

CASPER, Wyo. — The Interior Department investigated the Bureau of Land Management’s Casper field office twice in recent years regarding allegations of ethical misconduct and preferential treatment for prominent Casper businessman W.N. “Neil” McMurry, according to recently disclosed documents.

March 04, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

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