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Room to roam. With the bison population inside Yellowstone Park topping 4,600, the U.S. Department of Interior released a report identifying 20 possible bison relocation sites on federal lands in 10 states. However, it will be at least five years before any Yellowstone bison can be relocate…

July 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: From tickets to tracks — BLM does great work in Acton

Gazette opinion: From tickets to tracks — BLM does great work in Acton

The Acton Recreation Area has been transformed from a place of citations to excitement.

June 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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.

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Mead: Camp Guernsey won't try to grab ranch land

CHEYENNE - Governor Matt Mead says state military officials won't try to expand a central Wyoming training site if ranchers currently using the land object.

November 19, 2013 8:44 amLoading…

Guest opinion: BLM finds reasonable balance in Montana land plans

A director of the United Property Owners organization described proposed Resource Management plans of the Bureau of Land Management in a very incorrect and misleading way (July 31 guest opinion).

August 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Federal oil and gas lease sale nets nearly $50 million

A recent oil and gas lease auction in Billings netted nearly $50 million from the sale of 87 federal leases totaling 19,015 acres, in North and South Dakota.

August 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: BLM land proposals threaten rural Montana

The Bureau of Land Management is considering several Resource Management Plan proposals in Montana, with one major objective ostensibly aimed at conserving sage grouse habitat to bolster population growth. However, the stated intentions are very different from what the plans would actually a…

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Wild horses get used to life on (semi-) open range

Wild horses get used to life on (semi-) open range

ENNIS — A herd of 710 wild horses relocated to Montana is settling into its new quarters as workers erect new fences meant to reassure neighbors that their wandering days are over.

June 15, 2013 6:31 pmLoading…
BLM energy leasing decision prompts lawsuit threat

BLM energy leasing decision prompts lawsuit threat

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Seven conservation groups have notified the Bureau of Land Management they plan to sue the agency for making more than 1,200 square miles available for potential oil shale and tar sands leasing in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

May 29, 2013 3:02 pmLoading…

BLM draft fracking rules get close look in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — The Obama administration said Thursday that it will require companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. Many in Wyoming were still digesting the new federal rules at press time.

May 16, 2013 4:31 pmLoading…

BLM Wyoming's oil, gas lease auction raises $8.7M

CHEYENNE — The Bureau of Land Management's latest auction of federal oil and gas leases in Wyoming has generated more than $8.7 million.

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Guest opinion: What do you think of Eastern MT public lands plan?

We’ve reached a huge milestone here at the Bureau of Land Management’s Miles City Field Office. After a great deal of planning and analysis by BLM staff and a significant investment of time from our numerous cooperating agencies, I wanted to let you know the Miles City Field Office Draft Res…

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Ranchers, BLM, settle suit over Wyoming wild horses

Ranchers, BLM, settle suit over Wyoming wild horses

CHEYENNE — A legal settlement between ranchers and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would reduce wild horse numbers in the Rock Springs area by about half.

April 04, 2013 2:56 pmLoading…

BLM offers options on oil shale royalty rates

DENVER — Federal officials are looking at options for setting royalties for commercial oil shale development, including implementing sliding-scale royalties or giving the interior secretary authority to set a higher rate than a 12.5 percent minimum rate if it's deemed appropriate.

March 22, 2013 4:34 pmLoading…

Illness postpones Rock Springs wild horse adoption

ROCK SPRINGS — This week's planned adoption of wild horses in Rock Springs is being postponed because a number of young horses are sick.

January 23, 2013 1:01 pmLoading…
Senators ask if coal exporters are skirting royalties

Senators ask if coal exporters are skirting royalties

Lawmakers asked the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday to review whether companies are shortchanging federal and state governments out of millions of dollars in royalties on coal exported to foreign markets.

January 04, 2013 4:38 pmLoading…

Settlement brings $23M to Indian land trustees in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — The federal government will distribute about $23 million to American Indian land trustees in Wyoming after years of breached obligations on trust payments, according to Dennis Gingold, attorney for the plaintiffs in the Cobell lawsuit.

December 08, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
U.S. limits oil shale development in Rocky Mountains

U.S. limits oil shale development in Rocky Mountains

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of the Interior scaled back a Bush administration plan Friday to lease Western rangelands for development of oil shale and tar sands, the unconventional sources of oil found in pockets of the Rocky Mountains.

November 09, 2012 6:03 pmLoading…

BLM plans burn southeast of Rock Springs

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management plans to stage a 1,000-acre controlled burn in the Little Red Creek drainage, at the intersection of the Wyoming, Colorado and Utah borders, about 60 miles southeast of Rock Springs.

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Republican candidates disagree on water rights in Yellowstone

CASPER — State Senate District 28 incumbent Kit Jennings has made tiny living organisms one of the cornerstones of his campaign, drawing strong opposition from his two opponents.

August 16, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

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