Montana Land Board
HELENA — The Montana Land Board on Monday approved a $345,000 purchase of 320 acres of threatened grizzly bear habitat to add to the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area in Teton County.
The Montana Land Board unanimously approved the 7,160-acre expansion of Signal Peak's coal mine on Tuesday, a move adding nine years to the mine's life.
On Jan. 1, the Signal Peak Energy coal mine near Roundup will have a new chief executive.
HELENA — The state says that its land holdings generated almost $120 million for the school trust over the past year.
HELENA — A group of protesters staged a sit-in along train tracks in Helena on Sunday to oppose a coal development proposal in the state. The act of civil disobedience led city police to issue 13 citations for criminal trespassing.
The Bakken oil boom was only one undercurrent pulling the Billings economy into stronger territory during 2012.
HELENA — The Montana Land Board is preparing to sell easements to a Canadian company so that the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline can run through the state as it crosses some of Montana's most important rivers.
HELENA — The state Land Board Monday unanimously approved leasing state-owned coal to the Signal Peak Energy coal mine south of Roundup, allowing the company to expand and continue coal production for another decade.
HELENA — Protesters opposed to coal development in Montana occupied the state Capitol Monday, planning a week-long event that aims to convince elected officials to block future development leases.
When the state purchased the 27,616-acre Spotted Dog property for $15.2 million less than two years ago, it only received mineral rights on half of the land and now wants to buy the rest of the underlying rights for an additional $70,000.
Leasing coal on 640 acres of state land in the Bull Mountains could bring the state an estimated $15 million, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
HELENA — School advocates are suing the state over new cabin site lease rules they say don't provide enough revenue to schools, an anticipated development in a multi-year battle over the issue.
HELENA - The Montana Land Board on Monday agreed to increase the amount it charges ranchers for grazing on state land, but only after it reduced the proposed increase amid criticism from ranchers.
GREAT FALLS - Montana ranchers are speaking out against a proposed increase in grazing fees for state lands.
HELENA - Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Monday blasted legislation that reshapes the way the state leases cabin sites, saying it is sending the state toward a certain lawsuit.
HELENA - The Montana Land Board decided Monday to consider increasing grazing fees charged ranchers who run cattle on state land by perhaps twice as much.
HELENA — The Montana Land Board finalized a plan to raise rents on waterfront cabin sites.
HELENA — The Montana Land Board endorsed a plan Monday to use roughly $40 million from a settlement with PPL Montana to buy more state land, over the objections of some lawmakers who say only the Legislature can make such a move.
HELENA — Two more environmental groups are suing the Montana Land Board for leasing the state's Otter Creek tracts to a St. Louis-based coal giant.
HELENA — The only “bid” submitted Monday to lease 570 million tons of state-owned coal in southeastern Montana’s Otter Creek Valley turned out to be no bid.