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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, caribou from the Porcupine caribou herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska.  The U.S. government held its first-ever oil and gas lease sale Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an event critics labeled as a bust with major oil companies staying on the sidelines and a state corporation emerging as the main bidder. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

US holds first oil lease sale for Alaska's Arctic refuge

Jan. 6, 2021 7:53 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. government held its first-ever oil and gas lease sale Wednesday for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an event critics labeled as a bust with major oil companies staying on the sidelines and a state corporation emerging as the main bidder. The sale, held as scheduled...

Judge allows oil, gas lease sales in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

Jan. 5, 2021 10:24 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. judge on Tuesday refused to halt an oil and gas lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that was pushed by the Trump administration in its final days. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason's decision came after conservationists and Indigenous groups...

U.S. judge allows oil and gas lease sales in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge amid environmental concerns

Jan. 5, 2021 8:48 PM EST
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. judge allows oil and gas lease sales in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge amid environmental concerns.
FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an airplane flies over caribou from the Porcupine caribou herd on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. Conservationists will try to persuade a U.S. judge to stop the Trump administration from issuing leases to oil and gas companies in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Anchorage Daily News reported that the videoconference Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in U.S. District Court in Anchorage is expected to determine whether the Bureau of Land Management can open bids in an online lease sale scheduled for Wednesday. The agency has offered 10-year leases on 22 tracts covering about 1,563 square miles in the coastal plain, which accounts for about 5% of the refuge's area. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

Alaska court hears challenge to Arctic refuge oil leases

Jan. 4, 2021 7:57 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Attorneys for conservation groups asked a U.S. judge Monday to halt the issuance of oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ahead of a planned sale this week. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason said she would try to issue a decision by late Tuesday, the day...

FILE - In this July 11, 2018, file photo, rancher Dwight Hammond Jr., left, is embraced by his wife, Susie Hammond, after arriving by private jet at the Burns Municipal Airport in Burns, Ore. Hammond and his son Steven, convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon, were pardoned by President Donald Trump. The federal government has proposed awarding grazing allotments to the Hammonds, whose case sparked the takeover of a federal wildlife refuge by right-wing extremists in 2016. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, File)

Ranchers whose case sparked standoff may get grazing rights

Jan. 4, 2021 7:13 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The federal government has proposed awarding grazing allotments to an Oregon ranching family whose members were convicted of arson in a court battle that triggered the takeover of a federal wildlife refuge by right-wing extremists. The Dec. 31 action by the Bureau of Land Management in...

Kentucky adds its 1st new nature preserve in a decade.

Jan. 3, 2021 12:53 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The state’s newest nature preserve is a hilly 338-acre refuge a few miles from the Kentucky River, much of it wooded, with a beautiful creek running through it and the potential to restore endangered plants and rare mussels. The Drennon Creek State Nature Preserve in Henry...

A pathway cleared by explosives to make way for border wall construction separates Mexico, right, and the USA, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in Guadalupe Canyon, Ariz.  Construction of the border wall, mostly in government owned wildlife refuges and Indigenous territory, has led to environmental damage and the scarring of unique desert and mountain landscapes that conservationists fear could be irreversible. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Damage from border wall: blown-up mountains, toppled cactus

Dec. 18, 2020 1:00 PM EST

GUADALUPE CANYON, Ariz. (AP) — Work crews ignite dynamite blasts in the remote and rugged southeast corner of Arizona, forever reshaping the landscape as they pulverize mountaintops in a rush to build more of President Donald Trump’s border wall before his term ends next month. Each blast in...

Groups seek to block lease plans for Alaska refuge

Dec. 15, 2020 7:45 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Indigenous and conservation groups asked a federal judge Tuesday to block the Trump administration from issuing oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The groups in separate filings requested a decision by Jan. 6, the date of a scheduled lease sale. They say the...

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. The Trump Administration has paved the way for an oil and lease sale in Alaska's pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge scheduling a lease sale for Jan. 6, 2021, before the president leaves office later next month. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

US plans oil, gas lease sale in Alaska's Arctic refuge

Dec. 3, 2020 8:53 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to hold an oil and gas lease sale for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next month, weeks before President-elect Joe Biden, who has opposed drilling in the region, is set to take office. Conservation groups criticized Thursday's...

The container holding Kaavan the elephant is blessed by monks during its arrival from Pakistan at the Siem Reap International Airport, Cambodia, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Kaavan, dubbed the

'World’s loneliest elephant' arrives safely in Cambodia

Nov. 30, 2020 8:07 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The pachyderm dubbed the “ world’s loneliest elephant ” after languishing alone for years in a Pakistani zoo was greeted on his arrival in Cambodia on Monday by chanting Buddhist monks and was then sent on his way to a wildlife sanctuary. Like other...