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Plan would keep about 1,000 bears in northwest Montana

Dec. 10, 2018 7:04 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife commissioners adopted a grizzly bear conservation plan Monday that would maintain the largest population of the bruins in the Lower 48 at roughly current numbers even if the species loses its federal protections. The plan sets a target of at least 800 grizzlies...

US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

Dec. 6, 2018 8:38 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species across millions of acres in the American West. Land management documents released...

The Latest: Nevada Democratic Sen. critical of grouse plan

Dec. 6, 2018 8:24 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's efforts to ease drilling restrictions that were put in place to protect a declining bird species (all times local): 6:15 p.m. U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada is sharply criticizing the Trump administration's new move to ease...

Experts seek ways to boost extreme wildfire survival rates

Nov. 15, 2018 11:46 AM EST

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from...

Study: Weak reporting on missing, murdered Native women

Nov. 14, 2018 8:23 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as concerns mount over the level of violence they often face, according to a study released by a Native American nonprofit Wednesday. The...

As wildfires grow deadlier, officials search for solutions

Nov. 14, 2018 8:16 PM EST

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from...

Trump administration sides with tribes in drilling dispute

Nov. 13, 2018 3:48 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration plans to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in Montana and Canada, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday. Zinke said it would be inappropriate to allow drilling in...

Zinke '100 percent confident' he'll be cleared in probes

Nov. 12, 2018 9:00 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared Monday he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that have stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump's Cabinet. The former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL faces a...

Montana Sen. Jon Tester prevails despite battering by Trump

Nov. 7, 2018 7:51 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Only U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana survived President Donald Trump's aggressive campaign to topple Democratic senators from Republican-leaning states who voted against his Supreme Court picks. The president and his surrogates returned repeatedly to Montana, North Dakota, Missouri...

Montana Senate, House candidates press toward finish line

Nov. 4, 2018 5:19 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Candidates for Montana's closely-contested U.S. Senate race face a grim reality as they press toward Tuesday's finish: There's a dwindling pool of voters left after large numbers already cast their ballots before Election Day. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is facing another stiff...