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Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish

Aug. 17, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when they decided against designating the Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species....

Judge orders new federal review of Keystone XL pipeline

Aug. 16, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline's proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route, raising the possibility of further delays to a project first proposed in 2008. U.S. District...

Montana governor touts ability to win in Trump country

Aug. 16, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

Montana's Democratic governor was in Iowa on Thursday railing against money's corrupting influence in government and talking up his ability to win in Trump country, but he continued to deflect questions about his plans for a 2020 presidential run. Gov. Steve Bullock's speech at the Iowa State Fair marked his...

Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster of burning White House

Aug. 15, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republicans on Wednesday condemned a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. The National Republican Senate Committee compared it to the now-infamous photo of comedian Kathy...

The Latest: Pearl Jam unapologetic for White House poster

Aug. 15, 2018 5:42 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a Pearl Jam concert poster that shows the White House in flames (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Pearl Jam's bassist is unapologetic for a concert poster that has Republicans crying foul. Jeff Ament said in a statement Wednesday that he was the "sole conceptualist" for the...

The Latest: Vehicle tow chain sparked small California fire

Aug. 14, 2018 8:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning across the U.S. West (all times local): 5:30.m. Authorities say that one of the smaller wildfires in Northern California was sparked accidentally by a vehicle tow chain dragging on the ground and was not arson. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said...

Yosemite reopens to visitors with smoky air, limited lodging

Aug. 14, 2018 6:56 PM EDT

Hikers and nature lovers returned to Yosemite National Park's scenic valley Tuesday after a rare 20-day closure because of smoke from wildfires. Some said they didn't mind the hazy air that obscured scenic vistas; others came prepared with eye drops and face masks. Park officials also advised visitors to expect...

Glacier latest US park to be scorched by Western wildfires

Aug. 14, 2018 1:23 AM EDT

A wildfire destroyed structures and forced evacuations Monday from the busiest area of Montana's Glacier National Park, as officials in California prepared to reopen Yosemite National Park following a two-week closure at the height of the summer season. Meanwhile, a Utah firefighter died Monday battling a massive...

The Latest: Firefighter killed battling California blaze

Aug. 14, 2018 1:15 AM EDT

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning across the US West (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Authorities say a Utah firefighter has died battling the largest recorded blaze in California history. Authorities say the man died Monday night at a hospital after he was injured at the site of the...

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...