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Judge: US must reconsider climate impacts of Montana mine

Feb. 12, 2019 7:51 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials have again been faulted by a federal judge for failing to adequately consider the potential climate change effects of expanding a massive coal mine in the sagebrush-covered hills of southeastern Montana. U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan recommended in a Monday...

US government appeals ruling that blocked Keystone pipeline

Feb. 1, 2019 6:50 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is appealing a court ruling that blocked the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Justice Department attorneys on Friday appealed the November ruling from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris that blocked a construction permit for the 1,184-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline....

Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost

Jan. 27, 2019 7:53 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming...

Trapping ban urged for cat-sized forest predators in Montana

Jan. 15, 2019 6:11 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Tuesday urged Montana officials to ban trapping along much of the state's border with Idaho to protect an isolated population of cat-sized predators living in old-growth forests. Representatives of five environmental groups said in a petition to Montana wildlife...

Former US Interior boss takes job at investment company

Jan. 14, 2019 8:46 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday he's "glad to be out of the swamp" after taking a job at a private investment company in the wake of his resignation and amid unresolved ethics investigations into his actions while in President Donald Trump's Cabinet. North...

Outgoing US Interior secretary defends legacy as he leaves

Jan. 4, 2019 6:30 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington chased by ethics investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press he's lived up to the conservation ideals of Theodore Roosevelt and insisted the myriad allegations against him...

Montana State announcer resigns amid harassment claims

Jan. 4, 2019 4:15 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana State University's play-by-play broadcaster for football and men's basketball has resigned after the university investigated a reporter's complaint that he sexually harassed her, an allegation that he denies. Jay Sanderson told The Billings Gazette that he left his position...

The Latest: Zinke: Park visitors should "grab a trash bag"

Jan. 4, 2019 12:49 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Ryan Zinke's departure as U.S. Secretary of Interior (all times local): 10:50 a.m. Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says National Park visitors should "grab a trash bag and take some trash out" as garbage bins at some parks overflow during the government...

Zinke denies report that he lied to Interior investigators

Jan. 3, 2019 10:08 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Newly departed U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told The Associated Press on Thursday that he's been truthful with investigators looking into numerous ethics complaints against him and rejected as inaccurate a report that he's under investigation for lying. Zinke's comments came in...

Ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts appealed by US

Dec. 21, 2018 6:14 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government attorneys filed notice Friday that they are appealing a court ruling that blocked the first public hunts of grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies in decades. The appeal challenges a judge's ruling that restored threatened species protections for more than 700 bears in...