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New Yellowstone boss named following predecessor's ouster

Jun. 13, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A new superintendent was named Wednesday to Yellowstone National Park, one of the crown jewels of the U.S. park system, after his predecessor said he was being forced out by the Trump administration following a dispute over bison. Cameron "Cam" Sholly will replace Dan Wenk, who has...

Yellowstone boss says Trump administration forcing him out

Jun. 7, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park's superintendent said Thursday that he's being forced out in an apparent "punitive action" following disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain, a longstanding source of conflict between park officials and ranchers...

Yellowstone boss to retire after Trump agency proposed move

Jun. 1, 2018 8:45 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park's superintendent said Friday that he plans to retire next year from a job he called "the best in the National Park Service" and dismissed speculation that the Trump administration pushed him out for political reasons. Superintendent Dan Wenk told The...

The Latest: Ex-parks chief says official being driven out

Jun. 1, 2018 8:11 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the retirement of the Yellowstone National Park superintendent (all times local): 6 p.m. A former director of the National Park Service says Yellowstone's superintendent is being driven out by Trump administration appointees who don't want park officials advocating for...

Washington state blamed for holding up fossil fuel exports

May. 31, 2018 6:00 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republican lawmakers from Western states and industry executives on Thursday accused Washington state officials of unfairly blocking fossil fuel projects and dictating winners and losers among U.S. companies seeking to export products to Asia. Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of...

Yellowstone River to get new trails under oil spill deal

May. 30, 2018 8:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — New trails, fishing sites and other recreational features will be built along Montana's Yellowstone River as compensation for damage from an Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spill, under a plan approved Wednesday by the governor. The 63,000 gallon (238,474 liter) oil spill in 2011 near...

Money flows as Republicans jockey for Montana US senate slot

May. 28, 2018 12:21 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Outside money is pouring into Montana's U.S. Senate race even before Republicans settle on a nominee to challenge Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who has become a leading target of the GOP after drawing the fury of President Donald Trump. Four Republicans are jockeying for a last-minute...

Court: Montana minimizes impact of mining near Yellowstone

May. 25, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A gold exploration proposal near Yellowstone National Park faced a significant setback as a judge blamed Montana officials for understating the potential for mining to harm land, water and wildlife. The ruling released Friday means the Montana Department of Environmental Quality...

Trump administration defends Keystone XL pipeline in court

May. 24, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Trump administration attorneys defended the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in federal court on Thursday against environmentalists and Native American groups that want to derail the project. President Barack Obama rejected the 1,179-mile (1,800-kilometer) line proposed by...

The Latest: Trump administration defends Keystone pipeline

May. 24, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a legal challenge to the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Attorneys for the Trump administration have asked a judge to let TransCanada Corporation move forward with the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline....