Stories tagged: public lands
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 5:16 p.m.
Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in West
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening up hundreds of thousands of acres of land revered for …
Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Renewed interest in oil drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge mobilizes wilderness advocates
Dan Ashe, who rose from the ranks of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 to become its 16th director, finally got his chance to visit the Arctic National …
Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 3:56 p.m.
Zinke signs order to expand hunting, fishing on public lands
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order on Friday to expand hunting and fishing on federal land, saying it would improve wildlife management and conservation.
Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 4:44 a.m.
Field reports: Ducks bountiful for upcoming hunting seasons
Just as Washington was flush with water this spring, hunters can expect a bounty of local ducks when seasons open this fall.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 3:12 p.m.
Zinke won’t eliminate any national monuments
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday he won’t seek to rescind any national monuments carved from the wilderness and oceans by past presidents. But he said he will press for …
Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Groups make last-minute push to save national monument areas
The Trump administration this spring ordered a review 27 national monuments declared by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama under the 1906 Antiquities Act.
Sat., Aug. 12, 2017
Froma Harrop: Way of life versus fossil fuels
The fight is about more than environmentalism versus fossil fuels. It’s about money versus money. And if that’s the case, why would fossil fuel interests win over ranching, farming and …
Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Out & about: Washington State surveys public attitudes on plethora of public land access permits
Washington state agencies are looking into simplifying the quagmire of cards, stickers or vehicle mirror-hanger documents required for recreating on local, state and federal lands and perhaps even private timber …
Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 4:55 a.m.
Seniors snap up US national park passes before price hike
Seniors are snapping up so many lifetime passes good for U.S. national parks and other recreation areas ahead of a steep price increase later this month that some government agencies …
Sun., July 30, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Field reports: Outdoors industry supports public lands in Salt Lake rally
Approximately 2,500 people marched in Salt Lake City Thursday to show support for federal public lands in a departing salvo from the Outdoor industry.
Sun., July 16, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Out & About: Seniors to pay more for federal lands pass
Congress passed legislation in December that will significantly ramp up the cost of a federal pass that gets citizens age 62 and older into federal recreation sites where entry fees …
UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 11:27 p.m.
Zinke calls for fewer barriers to development on public land
Removing bureaucratic obstacles to development on federal land can create jobs and offer hope to nearby communities, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday in hinting at long-term changes in store …
Sun., May 21, 2017, 5 a.m.
Field Reports: South Hill group seeks reopening of bluff access
A public meeting is scheduled this week on a South Hill group’s proposal to reopen a city easement at 44th and Scott to provide neighborhood public access to the bluff …
Fri., May 19, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Trial date delayed for Bundy and sons in Nevada standoff case
A federal judge in Las Vegas is pushing back the trial date for Nevada rancher and states’ rights advocate Cliven Bundy, four of his sons and six other defendants until …
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 9:47 p.m.
Oregon State Land Board: Oldest state forest to stay public
The Oregon State Land Board on Tuesday ditched its plan to sell the Elliott State Forest, deciding to keep it in public hands and ordering the Department of State Lands …
Fri., April 14, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Wild horses expensive as adoption interest wanes
Billijo Beck and her 10-year-old daughter Grace walked the dusty path between Challis Wild Horse Corral pens last week looking for an addition to their stables. There were 18 horses …
Wed., April 12, 2017, 3:48 p.m.
House cuts 15 wildlife recreation projects from budget
State lawmakers have recommended $80 million for the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Programs, but the recently released House capital construction budget cuts what program directors say are important acquisition projects …
UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Scablands waterfalls primed for hiking into wet landscape
Lowland snow and ice is waving goodbye to winter, leaving Eastern Washington squishing with water. This is prime time for a trek to absorb the power of a scablands waterfall.
Sat., March 4, 2017, 8:36 p.m.
Thousands rally at Idaho Capitol to keep public lands public
More than 2,000 people braved a chilly drizzle and rallied at the Idaho Capitol on Saturday to demand that public lands be kept in the hands of the federal government.
Thu., March 2, 2017, 11:59 a.m.
New Interior secretary Ryan Zinke arrives on horseback
Arriving on horseback Thursday, newly-minted Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pledged he would devote more resources to national parks, boost the morale of department employees and bolster the sovereignty of American …
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 11:39 a.m.
Zinke confirmed as Interior secretary
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as Secretary of Interior, making him the first person from the Treasure State to serve in a White House cabinet.
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Traditional hunting camps losing ground in modern world
Between development of once-wild lands and the ever-expanding sprawl of the suburbs, and a general apathy toward the sport from an over-stimulated younger generation, traditional hunting camps across the country …
Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 5:03 p.m.
State Land Board votes to sell Oregon’s oldest state forest
Oregon’s state Land Board voted 2-1 on Tuesday to sell the state’s oldest public forest.
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 6 a.m.
‘Worst conditions in 20 years’ prompt closure of Washington wildlife areas in Asotin County
Two southeastern Washington wildlife areas totaling 11,000 acres are closed to public access through April to prevent human disturbance to deer and elk struggling through the worst winter conditions in …
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 4:30 a.m.
Push to turn over federal lands to the states may be losing steam
A Utah congressman’s abrupt reversal on a proposal to sell 3.3 million acres of public land across the West is significant, and may be part of a shift in the …
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 11:36 p.m.
Widow of Oregon refuge occupier to hold meeting
Leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were driving to a public meeting a year ago when police shot and killed one of them …
Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Outdoor retailers should dump Utah for its anti-recreation politics, Black Diamond founder says
SALT LAKE CITY – A powerful outdoor recreation industry executive said Tuesday the world’s largest outdoor retail show going on this week in Salt Lake City should leave Utah if …
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 5:47 p.m.
In brief: Congress eases way to transfer federal lands
The 115th Congress began work on Tuesday and wasted no time approving a measure to facilitate transfers of some federal public lands and waters to state, local and private interests.
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 3:17 p.m.
Fight brewing over how U.S. plans to use public lands in West
U.S. government officials on Thursday finalized an overhaul of how they plan for oil and gas drilling, mining, grazing and other activities across public lands in the West.
Sun., Oct. 30, 2016, 2:33 a.m.
Field Reports: Colville National Forest looking to fill 50 seasonal jobs
The Colville National Forest is looking to fill 50 seasonal jobs in northeast Washington for next summer. Forest officials are going so far as to hold workshops to help applicants …