US challenges part of ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts

U.S. 05/24/19, 18:58

U.S. officials asked a federal appeals court on Friday to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involves more than 700 grizzly bears in and around ...

Home solar advocates push against proposed charge in Montana

Enviroment 05/23/19, 15:13

Renewable energy activists urged Montana regulators on Thursday to reject a utility's request to add a charge for homeowners who generate surplus electricity from their own solar panels.Over the past two decades, about 2,300 NorthWestern Energy customers in Montana installed their own solar panels. When those panels generate more electricity ...

Update: Lawmaker pans tribes’ push to protect bears

U.S. 05/15/19, 15:01

The Latest on a proposal to give grizzly bears permanent protections regardless of their population size (all times local):2:00 p.m.A Republican lawmaker says a push to permanently protect U.S. grizzly bears because they are considered sacred among Native Americans would elevate "sentimental biases" above science.California Rep. Tom McClintock is the ...

Tribes seek ban on public hunting of revered grizzly bears

Politics 05/15/19, 12:13

Native American groups are pressing lawmakers in Congress to adopt permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species widely revered by tribes but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming and Idaho. Tribal representatives were due Wednesday before a House subcommittee to testify in support of legislation that would block grizzly ...

Noisy Yellowstone geyser roars back to life after 3 years

U.S. 05/13/19, 15:35

A noisy geyser in Yellowstone National Park has roared back to life after three years of quiet.Ledge Geyser is one of the biggest in Yellowstone's Norris Geyser Basin.The Billings Gazette reports the geyser shoots hot water at an angle up to 125 feet (38 meters) high and a distance of ...

DNA test solves 45-year-old double-murder mystery in Montana

U.S. 03/25/19, 19:09

A genealogy database used to match a family's DNA with evidence found at a 1973 crime scene has led investigators to identify the long-dead suspect in the strangulation killing of a young married couple, a Montana sheriff said Monday. Linda and Clifford Bernhardt, both 24, were killed at their Billings-area home ...

Update: Wolves resilient, but proposal tests expansion

U.S. 03/14/19, 16:18

The Latest on the proposed removal of federal protections for wolves (all times local):3:15 p.m.A proposal to strip gray wolves of federal protections could curtail their rapid expansion across vast swaths of the U.S., yet the predators already are proving to be resilient in states where hunting and trapping occur.The ...

US moves to lift remaining gray wolf protections

U.S. 03/14/19, 07:49

Gray wolves in the U.S. would be stripped of federal protection and subjected to hunting and trapping in more states under a proposal released Thursday that declares the predators recovered following a decades-long restoration effort.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to revoke the wolves' endangered and threatened species status ...

Update: US official says wolf population has recovered

U.S. 03/06/19, 13:08

The Latest on plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves in the Lower 48 states (all times local):11 a.m.Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says the nation's population of gray wolves has fully recovered across the Lower 48 states and no longer needs federal protection.U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

NewsBreak: US plans to lift protections for gray wolves

U.S. 03/06/19, 11:39

U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move certain to re-ignite the legal battle over a predator that's rebounding in some regions and running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers, an official told The Associated Press.Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was ...

US keeps air pollution standard established under Obama

Enviroment 02/26/19, 15:36

U.S. environmental regulators on Tuesday announced they are leaving intact an air quality standard for power plant pollution that can worsen asthma in children, despite calls by health advocates for a tougher standard. The move keeps in place a threshold for sulfur dioxide pollution established in 2010 by the U.S. Environmental ...

Trapping ban urged for cat-sized forest predators in Montana

U.S. 01/15/19, 17:01

Wildlife advocates are asking Montana officials to ban trapping along much of the state's border with Idaho to protect a cat-sized predator living in old-growth forests.Representatives of five environmental groups said in a petition submitted Tuesday to Montana wildlife commissioners that trapping is a serious threat to the Northern Rockies ...

Update: Zinke: Park visitors should “grab a trash bag”

U.S. 01/04/19, 12:49

The Latest on Ryan Zinke's departure as U.S. Secretary of Interior (all times local): 10:50 a.m. 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 ...

Embattled Zinke defends legacy after leaving Trump Cabinet

Politics 01/04/19, 00:31

As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press that he has lived up to the conservation ideals of Teddy Roosevelt and insisted that the myriad allegations against him will be proven ...

Ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunt plans appealed by US

U.S. 12/21/18, 14:35

U.S. government attorneys filed notice Friday that they are appealing a court ruling that restored protections for grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies and blocked plans to hold the first public hunts for the animals in decades.The legal move challenges a September ruling from U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in ...

Experts look ways to curb deaths as fires get more severe

U.S. 11/15/18, 00:51

Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from blazes in California and across the U.S. ...

Zinke ‘100 percent confident’ he’ll be cleared in probes

Politics 11/12/18, 21:30

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared Monday he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that have stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump's Cabinet.The former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL faces a number of probes by Interior's inspector general, including one ...

Montana Senate, House candidates press toward finish line

Politics 11/04/18, 18:19

Candidates for Montana's closely-contested U.S. Senate race face a grim reality as they press toward Tuesday's finish: There's a dwindling pool of voters left after large numbers already cast their ballots before Election Day. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is facing another stiff re-election challenge after President Donald Trump made an unprecedented ...

With Trump in Montana, Sen. Jon Tester turns to ‘The Dude’

Politics 11/02/18, 09:34

Montana Senate candidate Matt Rosendale may not be a household name, but he's surrounded on the campaign trail by President Donald Trump and other big-name Republicans like Vice President Mike Pence, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul. His opponent, Democratic Sen. Jon Tester? He's got "The Dude." Arguably the biggest name to ...

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