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First oil sales on public land under Biden bring $22 million

Jun. 30, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Energy companies bid more than $22 million to secure drilling rights on about 110 square miles (285 square kilometers) of public lands in the western U.S. on Thursday, during the first onshore oil and natural gas lease sales since President Joe Biden took office. ...

Biden administration holding its first onshore oil sales

Jun. 29, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. government this week is holding its first onshore oil and natural gas drilling lease auctions since President Joe Biden took office after a federal court blocked the administration’s attempt to suspend such sales because of climate change worries. ...

Hiker hospitalized after grizzly bear mauling in Wyoming

Jun. 28, 2022 19:10 PM EDT

MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) — A hiker has been hospitalized after being mauled by a bear, believed to have been a grizzly, in the mountains of northwestern Wyoming, the state's Game and Fish agency said Tuesday. The man was hiking Monday at high elevation on Francs Peak, a 13,000-foot...

Yellowstone National Park to partly reopen after floods

Jun. 18, 2022 21:43 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park will partially reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, after catastrophic flooding destroyed bridges and roads and drove out thousands of tourists. The Park Service announced Saturday that visitors will once again be allowed on the park’s...

Water supply for Montana's largest city restored after floodwaters forced shutdown of treatment plant

Jun. 16, 2022 10:07 AM EDT
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Water supply for Montana's largest city restored after floodwaters forced shutdown of treatment plant.

After Yellowstone, floodwaters menace Montana's largest city

Jun. 15, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Devastating floodwaters that wiped out miles of roads and hundreds of bridges in Yellowstone National Park and swamped scores of homes in surrounding communities moved downstream Wednesday and threatened to cut off fresh drinking water to residents of Montana’s largest...

Rosendale wins GOP primary; Zinke race too early to call

Jun. 08, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's lone congressman handily won the GOP primary in his bid for a second term Tuesday as ballot-counting continued in the race for the state's newly created second seat in the U.S. House. U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale easily fended off three Republican...

Billings officer wounded, man dead after exchange of gunfire

May. 31, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A police officer was injured and a 19-year-old man was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire in a Billings alley after the man made the sign of the cross and pointed to the sky, police said Tuesday. The man who was killed was a Billings resident with...

Judge orders US to decide if wolverines need protection

May. 27, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has given U.S. wildlife officials 18 months to decide if wolverines should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, following years of dispute over how much risk climate change and other threats pose to the rare and elusive predators. ...

Montana bars birth certificate changes, even with surgery

May. 24, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration says transgender people can not change their birth certificates even if they undergo gender-confirmation surgery, in defiance of a court order that temporarily blocked the Republican state's bid to restrict transgender rights. ...