SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A government watchdog will investigate whether the U.S. Interior Department broke the law by making plans to open lands cut from a Utah national monument by President Donald...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the grazing permits issued to father and son ranchers who were the focus of a battle about public land.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to lift a moratorium on coal sales from public lands could hasten the release of more than 5 billion tons of greenhouse gases, but...
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Wednesday he has no plans for additional changes to national monuments that were recommended by his predecessor, but that it's...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three environmental advocacy groups are suing to block the restoration of grazing rights to two Oregon ranchers who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials cancelled without explanation all upcoming meetings of an advisory panel that had been created by the Trump administration to make it easier to extract...
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department said Tuesday it plans to choose a Western city as the new headquarters for its vast public lands holdings by the end of September.
Correction: Zinke-Gold Mining Job story
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In an April 16 article on former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke taking a job with U.S. Gold Corp., The Associated Press erroneously reported that Zinke would receive up to...
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A former gold and copper mining area in Wyoming could get a new lease on life with help from former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who recently joined the board of a...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has a new job: a more than $100,000-a-year post with a gold-mining firm that's pursuing project approvals involving the federal agency that...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to lead the department on a permanent basis, despite complaints by Democrats that the former oil and...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration has scaled back its fight against oil and gas leases on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in Montana and Canada.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A judge has defended former President Barack Obama's expansion of a national monument in Oregon, ruling against a logging company's lawsuit that said the expansion deprived it...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration violated federal law with a proposed road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, a federal judge ruled Friday, saying the project would...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former oil and gas lobbyist nominated to head the Interior Department declined on Thursday to commit to recusing himself from future regulatory decisions involving past...
Ex-Interior chief Zinke cleared of illegal politicking
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke didn't engage in illegal political activity when he went to Pennsylvania about a year ago to announce federal...
Congressional Democrats and tribal leaders renewed criticism Wednesday of President Donald Trump for scaling back two national monuments in Utah following a wider review of lands protected around...
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Trump’s national monument changes return to spotlight
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As Democrats in Congress prepare to scrutinize President Donald Trump's review of 27 national monuments, most of the recommendations made by ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in August 2017 recommended reductions or other changes at 10 U.S. national monuments and the creation of three new ones, but President Donald...
Report: Grand jury considers case against ex-Interior boss
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post reports that a grand jury is considering evidence concerning whether former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to federal investigators.
Trump to name acting Interior secretary to lead department
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he is nominating David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for oil and gas companies and other industries, to head the Interior Department despite objections from environmental groups that Bernhardt already was making regulatory decisions on the country's natural resources to benefit industries.
Interior investigators clear former Utah lawmaker Noel
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — There is no evidence that a former Utah lawmaker sought to reduce the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for personal gain, an investigation revealed.
Mike Noel, the recently retired legislator from Kanab, owns a ranch in Johnson Canyon, where 0.06 square miles (0.16 square kilometers) had been inside the original monument boundaries, the Salt Lake Tribune reported .
Ranchers whose case sparked standoff get grazing rights back
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The two Oregon ranchers whose conviction for intentionally setting fires on public land sparked a weeks-long standoff with anti-federal government protesters at a remote wildlife refuge have had their grazing rights restored.
Judge won’t block energy panel’s work, but lets case proceed
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge says a lawsuit from conservationists can proceed against the Trump administration over its creation of a committee to review federal policies governing the extraction of fossil fuels from public lands.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula denied a requested injunction that would have stopped the committee's work.
Judge hears dispute over make-up of Trump energy panel
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government attorneys have asked a federal judge in Montana to dismiss allegations that a Trump administration panel reviewing royalties paid by fossil fuel companies is stacked with industry supporters.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula presided over a Wednesday hearing in the case. He did not issue an immediate decision.
Former US Interior boss takes job at investment company
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday he's "glad to be out of the swamp" after taking a job at a private investment company in the wake of his resignation and amid unresolved ethics investigations into his actions while in President Donald Trump's Cabinet.
Outgoing US Interior secretary defends legacy as he leaves
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington chased by ethics investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press he's lived up to the conservation ideals of Theodore Roosevelt and insisted the myriad allegations against him will be proven untrue.
The Latest: Zinke: Park visitors should “grab a trash bag”
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Ryan Zinke's departure as U.S. Secretary of Interior (all times local):
Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says National Park visitors should "grab a trash bag and take some trash out" as garbage bins at some parks overflow during the government shutdown.
With many government workers furloughed as the partial shutdown entered its 14th day on Friday, garbage has piled up at sites including California's Joshua Tree National Park.
Zinke denies report that he lied to Interior investigators
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Newly departed U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told The Associated Press on Thursday that he's been truthful with investigators looking into numerous ethics complaints against him and rejected as inaccurate a report that he's under investigation for lying.
Corey Stapleton announces his 2nd run for Montana governor
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton on Wednesday became the first major candidate to enter the 2020 race for governor when he announced his second run for the office.
Stapleton finished second in 2012 to Rick Hill in a seven-candidate Republican primary.
Stapleton also ran for Montana's lone U.S. House seat in 2014, finishing second in a five-way primary to eventual winner Ryan Zinke.
Administration moves closer to opening Arctic refuge for oil
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved closer on Thursday to opening thousands of miles within Alaska's pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas leasing, issuing a draft report that concluded the polar bears, caribou and other wildlife could safely share their untouched wilderness with oil and gas producers.
Walker in Washington for White House reception
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is headed to a reception at the White House amid speculation about whether he may join President Donald Trump's administration.
Walker spokeswoman Amy Hasenberg said Monday that the Republican Walker was in Washington for the White House event but didn't have any more details. The trip comes two days after Trump announced that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke would be leaving his job at the end of the month.
Scope of investigations into Trump has shaped his presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigations now entangle Donald Trump's White House, campaign, transition, inauguration, charity and business. For Trump, the political, the personal and the deeply personal are all under examination.
Zinke resigns as interior secretary amid numerous probes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year's end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said "vicious and politically motivated attacks" against him had "created an unfortunate distraction" in fulfilling the agency's mission.
The Latest: Zinke says ‘attacks’ led to his resignation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (all times local):
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is blaming what he calls "vicious and politically motivated attacks" for his resignation from President Donald Trump's Cabinet.
Auction of offshore wind parcels draws record $405M in bids
BOSTON (AP) — A lease auction of about 390,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts for the development of offshore wind energy has drawn a record $405 million in winning bids.
If fully developed, the three parcels could generate about 4.1 gigawatts of energy — enough to power nearly 1.5 million homes.
Nevada gets federal funding to track pronghorn antelope
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department has announced a nearly $283,000 grant for Nevada to track pronghorn antelope.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday the money is part of a larger effort across 11 Western states intended to improve collaboration with the federal government, and improve the winter habitat of big game.
Zinke says the Nevada Department of Wildlife plans to capture and place GPS collars on up to 60 pronghorns to track their movements.
Zinke blasts Arizona congressman who urged him to resign
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke unleashed a scathing personal attack Friday against a congressman who had called on him to resign, accusing the Arizona Democrat of drunkenness and using taxpayer money to cover up inappropriate behavior.
California wildfire emissions equal year of power pollution
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wildfires in California in 2018 released the rough equivalent of about 68 million tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide — about the same amount of carbon emissions as are produced in a year to provide electricity to the state, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday.
The carbon dioxide figure — based on data analyzed by the U.S. Geological Survey — is more than 15 percent of all emissions produced by California in a year, according to Zinke.
Zinke says Northern California fire costs likely in billions
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Costs associated with a deadly Northern California wildfire will likely be in the billions, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday as he returned to the town of Paradise, saying he has never witnessed such devastation.
Zinke, Perdue view California fire damage
APNewsBreak: Watchdog clears Zinke in Utah monument probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal watchdog has cleared Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of wrongdoing following a complaint that he redrew the boundaries of a national monument in Utah to benefit a state lawmaker and political ally.
The Interior Department's office of inspector general says it found no evidence that Zinke gave veteran state Rep. Mike Noel preferential treatment in shrinking the boundaries of Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Winds that fanned Southern California wildfire diminish
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Winds that fanned a deadly, destructive Southern California firestorm were fading Thursday and more areas were reopening to residents as firefighters extended containment lines around the vast burn scar.
"It's the new abnormal: fires, dryness, lack of moisture, winds," Gov. Jerry Brown said during a visit to a command post in Camarillo, where he also spoke about the transition from firefight to recovery.
Zinke: California fire ‘worst’ he’s ever seen
Guard troops search for more wildfire victims; 56 dead
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — With at least 130 people still missing, National Guard troops searched Wednesday through charred debris for more victims of California's deadliest wildfire as top federal and state officials toured the ruins of a community completely destroyed by the flames.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joined Gov. Jerry Brown on a visit to the leveled town of Paradise, telling reporters it was the worst fire devastation he had ever seen.
Zinke: Not time ‘to point fingers’ over wildfires
The Latest: Sheriff: Death toll raises to 48 in wildfire
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local):
Authorities have reported six more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 48 in the deadliest wildfire in state history.
The announcement came Tuesday after authorities ramped up the search for more victims buried in rubble left by the blaze that incinerated the town of Paradise.
Trump administration sides with tribes in drilling dispute
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration plans to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in Montana and Canada, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday.