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UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Mining project on federal lands hires former Interior head

Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is quickly parlaying his time in President Donald Trump’s cabinet into a lucrative private career. He’s landed a more than $100,000-a-year post at a …


Interior watchdog clears Zinke in investigation of Utah national monument

The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General has cleared Secretary Ryan Zinke in a probe of whether he redrew boundaries of a national monument in Utah to aid the financial …


Zinke ‘100 percent confident’ he’ll be cleared in probes

BILLINGS, Mont. – 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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

Matt Shea to join Ammon Bundy at far-right gathering in Whitefish, Montana

The “New Code of the West” conference will be a reunion of sorts for the Spokane Valley state legislator and public-lands opponent Ammon Bundy, both of whom rail against what …


U.S. Senate passes legislation to compensate Spokane Tribe for losses from Grand Coulee Dam

Legislation to compensate the Spokane Tribe for lands lost as a result of Grand Coulee Dam’s construction passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 7:28 p.m.

Zinke expected to OK block on mining claims near Yellowstone

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has scheduled a visit next week to Montana, where he’s expected to finalize a proposal to block new mining claims on the forested public lands …


Mike Bader: Aiming at the heart of the grizzly

Broken promises, disrespect and outright lies. These are at the heart of the Trump administration blitzkrieg against environmental laws across the nation. We saw it again at the recent Interagency …


Democrats want U.S. Interior Department staff moves explained

Democrats in Congress pressed U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday to explain the reassignments of dozens of senior agency officials, most recently Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent, who was offered …


Interior secretary: ‘Opposition’ to offshore drill plan

PLAINSBORO, N.J. – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke acknowledges there is “a lot of opposition” to President Donald Trump’s plan to open most of the nation’s coastline to oil and gas …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 9:29 a.m.

Interior Secretary Zinke wants Spokane Tribe compensated for loss of land and lifestyle to Grand Coulee Dam

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pledged to support compensation for Grand Coulee Dam’s impact on the Spokane Tribe during a Thursday visit to Wellpinit.


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 7:53 p.m.

Cantwell criticizes Interior Department’s plans for public lands

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his department’s policies were criticized as an “unprecedented” attack on public lands and the environment Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell during an Energy and …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 2:10 p.m.

U.S. lands agency makeover would diminish D.C.’s power

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is revamping a planned sweeping overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries …


Washington will fight offshore drilling, Inslee says

State officials, tribal leaders vow to fight Trump administration plans to open the Washington coast areas to offshore oil and gas drilling.


Outside View: Zinke’s arrogance set off a firestorm

The following editorial appeared in Thursday’s Washington Post. Is Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke cynical or incompetent? Those are the options after his capricious treatment of states that object to his …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 5:39 p.m.

Official: Plan to exclude Florida from drilling isn’t final

The Trump administration’s promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action, an Interior Department official said Friday in a statement that Democrats said contradicted …


Outside View: Florida’s oil-drilling exemption raises questions

The White House’s rapid exemption for Florida to its new offshore drilling plan raises troubling questions.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Governor office: Zinke reconsiders drilling off Oregon Coast

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke agreed to consider exempting Oregon from the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan after speaking with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, her office said Friday.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Lawsuits address whether presidents can modify monuments

A flurry of lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to chop up two large national monuments in Utah could finally bring an answer to the much-debated question of whether presidents …


Zinke backs shrinking more national monuments, shifting management of 10 others

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to shrink a total of four national monuments and change the way six other land and marine sites are …


Utah’s tenacious efforts to take back federal land stand out

In an American West that has a love-hate relationship with the federal government’s ownership of a checkerboard of parks, monuments, forest and desert in states from Washington to New Mexico, …


U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s outdoor advisory panel gets mixed reviews

Representatives of outdoor recreation and conservation groups see both potential and peril in a new advisory committee being created by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 6:18 p.m.

Trump reverses ban on importing elephants killed as trophies

The Trump administration said it will allow the importation of body parts of African elephants shot for sport, contending that enabling wealthy big-game hunters to kill them will aid the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

Groups sue for details on Trump plan for national monuments

Environmentalists have sued the administration of President Donald Trump seeking to pry loose details of its plan to shrink some national monuments and open protected areas to more resource development.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Utah senator: Trump shrinking 2 national monuments in Utah

President Donald Trump is shrinking two national monuments in Utah, accepting the recommendation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reverse protections established by two Democratic presidents to more than 3.6 …


House GOP moves to revamp law on national monuments

House Republicans are moving to revamp a century-old law used by presidents to protect millions of acres of federal land considered historic, geographically significant or culturally important.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

Feds plan to remove protections for 10 million acres of sage grouse habitat

The Interior Department said Thursday it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 3:40 p.m.

House Republicans seek travel records for 3 Interior chiefs

Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee are asking the Interior Department to provide documents on use of private charter flights for government business by the past three Interior secretaries, …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 4:12 p.m.

Interior, EPA chiefs: No plans to pay back charter flights

Two of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet members say they do not plan to reimburse the government for charter flights costing tens of thousands of dollars.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 3:03 p.m.

Interior watchdog investigating Zinke over charter flights

The Interior Department’s internal watchdog said Monday it is investigating Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of charter flights, even as Zinke dismissed the controversy over his taxpayer-financed flights as “a little …


Interior Secretary Zinke calls his staff disloyal in speech to oil industry

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke walked into a big gathering of the National Petroleum Council on Monday already facing at least two government probes for his management of the department’s workforce …