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UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

Moving US land agency West brings praise, prompts questions

The Trump administration’s plan to move the government’s largest land management office from Washington to the West evoked a mix of praise, criticism and questions on Tuesday.


Zinke’s departure puts Interior in hands of former oil lobbyist

A former lobbyist who has played a leading, behind-the-scenes role at the Interior Department driving Trump administration policies to expand drilling and strip wildlife protections is poised to take over …


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 2:26 p.m.

Land deal ties Interior secretary’s family, Halliburton boss

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s family is involved in a land deal in his Montana hometown with the head of an energy services giant that does business with the Interior …


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 3:41 p.m.

Interior backing away from steep fee hikes at national parks

The Interior Department is backing down from a plan to impose steep fee increases at popular national parks in the face of


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: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Ex-interior officials: Zinke’s proposed overhaul unnecessary

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plan for a major realignment to put more of his department’s decision-makers in the field has a fundamental flaw in the eyes of some who …


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

Agency managing vast U.S. lands experiences year of upheaval

A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and …


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.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 1:50 p.m.

Groups sue to overturn Alaska petroleum reserve lease sale

Five environmental groups sued the federal government Friday, claiming the Interior Department conducted a petroleum lease sale in a part of northern Alaska known for its wildlife without proper environmental …


Interior puts science grants through political review

The Interior Department has adopted a new screening process for the discretionary grants it makes to outside groups, instructing staff to ensure those awards “promote the priorities” of the Trump …


U.S. officials say they wrongly announced Montana coal mine expansion

U.S. officials said they misspoke when they recently announced their approval of a major coal mine expansion in Montana.


Interior Dept. says US relies on China for critical minerals

The United States is reliant on China and other nations for the overwhelming majority of critical minerals used by the military and for manufacturing everything from smartphones to wind turbines …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 5:35 p.m.

Interior delays Obama-era regulation on methane emissions

The Interior Department said Thursday it is delaying an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

Where’s Zinke? The Interior secretary’s special flag offers clues.

At the Interior Department’s headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., Secretary Ryan Zinke has revived an arcane military ritual that no one can remember ever happening in the federal government.


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.


Federal judge reinstates Obama-era rule on methane emissions

Rebuffing the Trump administration, a federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Interior Department to reinstate an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on …


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 …


Audit: U.S. misuses taxpayer cash for California water project

The U.S. Interior Department improperly contributed tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to help California and politically powerful state water districts plan for a massive project to ship …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 5:19 p.m.

The Interior Department has a new mission: to make money

Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. agency that manages the national park system is tweaking its mission to include a new priority: Generating cash.


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 …


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke halts transfer of Montana Bison Range to tribes

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has reversed plans to give management of Montana’s National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, saying that he is committed to not …


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.


US seeks changes to coal program, but Trump could alter path

U.S. officials say a yearlong review shows coal sales from public lands need to be modernized to deal with climate change and give taxpayers a fair return.


Montana Republicans set fee for U.S. House candidates

The Montana Republican Party is charging a $1,740 fee to people interested in replacing U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, who has been nominated to lead the Interior Department.


Zinke appointment exposes potential flaw in state law

Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke’s decision to join President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet has exposed a potential constitutional flaw in the first test of a new state law on filling vacancies in …


Cathy McMorris Rodgers may be up for interior post in Trump’s cabinet

Reports say Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is being considered as the next Interior Secretary by President-Elect Donald Trump.