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US wildlife boss departs after stirring fears on species law

Aug. 9, 2018 9:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is stepping down after a 14-month tenure in which the agency proposed broad changes to rules governing protections for thousands of species and pushed for more hunting and fishing on federal lands, officials said Thursday. Greg Sheehan...

Montana to keep 1,000 bears amid push to lift protections

Aug. 9, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials endorsed a plan Thursday to keep northwestern Montana's grizzly population at roughly 1,000 bears as the state seeks to bolster its case that lifting federal protections will not lead to the bruins' demise. The proposal adopted on a preliminary vote by Fish,...

Group says US energy panel stacked with industry supporters

Aug. 7, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Conservationists claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that a Trump administration committee reviewing royalties paid by companies on fossil fuels extracted from public lands is stacked with industry supporters who conduct some meetings in secret. The Western Organization of Resource...

Jets LB Donahue gets suspended sentence for Montana DUI

Aug. 3, 2018 2:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue received a three-month suspended sentence and was fined $1,000 for a DUI crash in his hometown of Billings, Montana. The Billings Gazette reports Donahue pleaded guilty Friday through his attorney and was sentenced at the same Municipal Court...

Jets' Donahue 'not proud,' moving forward after DWI cases

Aug. 2, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Dylan Donahue is ready to focus on football again after an offseason of legal troubles. The New York Jets linebacker pleaded guilty Wednesday in Weehawken Municipal Court to driving while intoxicated in connection with a wrong-way crash in the Lincoln Tunnel that injured four...

Judge: US must weigh cutbacks in top coal region by late '19

Aug. 2, 2018 7:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana has given the Trump administration until late 2019 to analyze reductions to mining in the nation's most productive coal fields as a way to fight climate change. The order from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, issued Tuesday, applies to the Powder River...

Grizzly bear, 2 cubs killed crossing Montana highway

Jul. 29, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Tribal wildlife officials say a family of grizzly bears was killed as the female bruin and her two cubs tried to cross a highway on northwestern Montana's Flathead Indian Reservation. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes wildlife program posted a photo of the animals and a...

Judge: Montana murder case not a 'crime of violence'

Jul. 11, 2018 5:25 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man faces resentencing next month in the 2003 murder of his uncle after a judge said the shooting did not meet the definition of a violent crime. Quinton Birdinground Jr., 38, is scheduled to appear Aug. 23 before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings. Federal...

Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward

Jul. 10, 2018 7:09 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is advancing a proposal that would replace President Barack Obama's principal attempt to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions with a new rule expected to go easier on the ailing coal industry. The Environmental Protection Agency disclosed Tuesday that it sent...

Supreme Court to review Crow elk hunting rights in Wyoming

Jun. 29, 2018 3:24 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a case in which a Crow tribal member and former tribal game warden from Montana is asserting his right under a 150-year-old treaty with the U.S. government to hunt elk in the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming, The Billings Gazette reports...