Latest David Bernhardt News

Democrats' proposed Sinema censure vote delayed

Sep. 20, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A push by liberals for the Arizona Democratic Party to censure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema will be put off until next year. The party's Progressive Caucus hoped the roughly 800 members of the party's state committee would formally censure the freshman Democrat on Saturday for "failing to uphold"...

Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier parks allow e-bikes

Sep. 19, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — National Park Service officials say motorized electric bicycles are now allowed in Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier national parks, along with Wyoming's National Elk Refuge. The joint announcement Thursday follows an order signed late last month by Interior Secretary David...

Progressive Democrats seek to censure Sinema

Sep. 17, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Progressive Democrats want their party to censure Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, saying she's not standing up to President Donald Trump. Dan O'Neal of the Arizona Democratic Party Progressive Caucus told ABC15 Tuesday that the party's liberal wing wants Sinema "to vote like a Democrat...

Trump outpaces Obama, Bush in naming ex-lobbyists to Cabinet

Sep. 17, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they're regulating. The Cabinet choices are...

$84M contract awarded for northwestern New Mexico pipeline

Sep. 12, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department has awarded a nearly $84 million contract for a water pipeline in northwestern New Mexico. The pipeline is part of the larger Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project that's been in the works for several years. It will deliver San Juan River water to more than 40...

House approves oil drilling ban off Atlantic, Pacific coasts

Sep. 11, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved legislation Wednesday that would permanently bar drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and extend a moratorium on drilling off Florida's west coast. Coastal lawmakers from both parties said the bills would protect U.S. coasts from drilling that can pollute...

Acadia National Park adopting e-bike rules after directive

Sep. 10, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Acadia National Park has some leeway in regulating e-bikes despite an Interior Department directive to treat them like regular bicycles when it comes to trail access, Superintendent Kevin Schneider said. The park has the authority to ban or restrict e-bikes to protect park users...

Maine to benefit from conservation grants

Sep. 8, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will receive more than $1.6 million from a series of grants to all 50 states that's designed to boost state parks and outdoor recreation opportunities. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says the states, five U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C., will receive $170.6...

GAO: Interior broke law in reopening parks during shutdown

Sep. 5, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the Trump administration's Interior Department violated federal law in dipping into user fees to reopen national parks during last winter's government shutdown, a government watchdog agency concludes in a scathing legal opinion that warns officials risk fines and prison if they...

Retired public lands officials criticize Trump plan for move

Sep. 5, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former public lands managers heaped criticism Thursday on a Trump administration plan to move the headquarters of the nation's largest land agency from Washington to the West. Thirty past high-ranking officials from the Bureau of Land Management said moving the bureau headquarters to Grand...