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Montana coal production improves with export boost

Coal mining in Montana is up this year as the export market improves.


Gianforte gets seats on natural resources, oversight panels

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte has been assigned to serve on two congressional committees – one focused on natural resources and the other on government oversight.


China says no mining in its immediate plans for Antarctica

China plans to expand its scientific research in Antarctica in coming years amid worries over the area’s susceptibility to climate change, but has no immediate plans to mine or develop …


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017

Trump orders review of national monuments

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday instructing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review any national monument created since Jan. 1, 1996, that spans at least 100,000 acres in …


Cause of most U.S. wildfires traced to people, study finds

People have triggered five out of six wildfires in the U.S. over the last two decades, tripling the length of the wildfire season and making it start earlier in the …


100 years ago in Spokane: New company planning to pipe natural gas 100 miles from Benton County to Spokane

The general frenzy in America over oil and gas riches had spread to Eastern Washington.


Front & Center: Appraiser Ruby Stroschein keeps tabs on farms and forestry

Ruby Stroschein’s middle name is Miles – appropriate for a woman who logs nearly 20,000 of them each year. And whenever she sets out from her Moscow office, Stroschein is …


Lawsuit challenges approval of Spokane company-sponsored Montana copper, silver mine

Environmentalists are challenging U.S. Forest Service approval of a $500 million copper and silver mine in northwest Montana, citing concerns from state officials that it could drain surrounding waterways and …


Oregon governor signs landmark anti-coal bill into law

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed one of the nation’s most aggressive pieces of pro-climate legislation into law.


Rich Landers: Reardan students debate salmon, dams, other natural resources issues

Unlike the “debaters” we’ve come to know on TV, a Reardan High School class is tackling natural resource issues without attempting to persuade, promote or ridicule. The students are researching …


Bush shale-oil leases probed

WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asked the Interior Department’s inspector general Tuesday to investigate a controversial, last-minute move by the Bush administration to lock in favorable royalty rates and …


Clay mine moving forward

BOVILL, Idaho – Plans are nearly complete for building and operating an open-pit clay mine near this Latah County town, a Canadian mining company official said. Lamar Long of i-minerals, …


Jane Danowitz: Reserve gift of public lands for all

The treasures of our public lands should be a gift for all, not the private bank account to be used by a few. Whether it comes to mining around the …


Americans Did Not Mandate A Sell-Off Of Their Last Frontier

A scenic portion of Alaska’s immense but environmentally delicate landscape serves as a backdrop for the picturesque fishing village of Haines. File photo.