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Montana uses federal grant to buy grizzly habitat

Montana uses federal grant to buy grizzly habitat

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.

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Land Board approves Signal Peak coal mine expansion

Land Board approves Signal Peak coal mine expansion

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.

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Leadership change coming for Signal Peak coal mine

On Jan. 1, the Signal Peak Energy coal mine near Roundup will have a new chief executive.

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Land Board says revenues for schools up

HELENA — The state says that its land holdings generated almost $120 million for the school trust over the past year.

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March, sit-in against coal ends with 13 cited for criminal trespassing

March, sit-in against coal ends with 13 cited for criminal trespassing

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.

September 16, 2013 7:05 am Photos

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Bakken boost and healthy ag prices keep region's economy afloat

Bakken boost and healthy ag prices keep region's economy afloat

The Bakken oil boom was only one undercurrent pulling the Billings economy into stronger territory during 2012.

December 30, 2012 12:10 am Photos

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Montana reviews oil pipeline easement request

Montana reviews oil pipeline easement request

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.

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Land Board approves state coal lease for Signal Peak expansion

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.

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Coal protesters occupy state Capitol

Coal protesters occupy state Capitol

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.

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FWP wants to buy remainder of Spotted Dog mineral rights

FWP wants to buy remainder of Spotted Dog mineral rights

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.

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Coal lease bidding in Bull Mountains could bring $15 million to state

Coal lease bidding in Bull Mountains could bring $15 million to state

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.

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School advocates sue over new cabin site leases

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.

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Montana Land Board increase grazing fees for state leases

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.

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Montana ranchers speak against grazing fee increase

GREAT FALLS - Montana ranchers are speaking out against a proposed increase in grazing fees for state lands.

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Montana cabin site lease issue could head to court

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.

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Montana Land Board mulls grazing fee increase

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.

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Land Board raises rent on waterfront cabin sites

HELENA — The Montana Land Board finalized a plan to raise rents on waterfront cabin sites.

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Land Board OKs plan to buy land with PPL money

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.

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2nd lawsuit filed against state's Otter Creek coal lease

2nd lawsuit filed against state's Otter Creek coal lease

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.

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No bid on state’s Otter Creek coal — but an expression of interest

No bid on state’s Otter Creek coal — but an expression of interest

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.

February 08, 2010 2:50 pmLoading…

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