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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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