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$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...

Electric bikes soon to be humming along national park trails

Aug. 30, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorized electric bicycles may soon be humming along serene trails in national parks and other public lands nationwide. It's part of a new Trump administration order — hotly opposed by many outdoors groups — that will allow e-bikes on every federal trail where a regular...

5 East Coast governors push feds on offshore wind power

Aug. 28, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The governors of five East Coast states are urging federal regulators not to put any additional roadblocks in the way of the country's nascent offshore wind industry. The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Virginia said in a letter Tuesday to Interior Secretary...

Pence steps up pressure for trade deal with Mexico, Canada

Aug. 21, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence stepped up pressure on Congress to support the Trump administration's new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, taking his pitch Wednesday to a congressional swing district in New Mexico. Speaking to a crowd at an oilfield services company in the Permian basin...

Montana Editorial Roundup

Aug. 21, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

Billings Gazette, Aug. 18, on outreach for the 2020 Census: Exactly how many people live in Montana? That question must be answered next year. It's important that all of us be counted in the constitutionally mandated decennial census of the United States. In past censuses, some folks have been hard to count...