• Ryan Zinke February 16, 2022 7:09 pm

    Former Interior Secretary Misused Position, Probe Says

    Government investigators say former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke misused his position to advance a Montana development project and lied to an agency ethics official about his involvement

  • Donald Trump June 7, 2018 9:10 pm

    Yellowstone Boss Says Trump Administration Forcing Him Out

    Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent said Thursday that he’s being forced out as a “punitive action” following disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain, a longstanding source of conflict between park officials and ranchers in neighboring Montana. Superintendent Dan Wenk announced last week that he intended to retire March 30, 2019, after being offered a...

  • Arizona April 13, 2018 11:23 am

    Popular National Parks to Raise Fees to $35, Not $70

    The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 per vehicle to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other iconic parks. A change announced Thursday will boost fees at 17 popular parks by $5, up from the current $30...

  • Donald Trump April 6, 2018 5:39 pm

    Interior Secretary: ‘Opposition' to Offshore Drill Plan

    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 drilling. Speaking at a forum on offshore wind energy Friday in Plainsboro, New Jersey, Zinke touted Trump’s “all of the above” energy menu that calls for oil and gas, as well as renewable...

  • NBC January 17, 2018 9:33 pm

    9 of 12 National Park System Advisory Board Members Quit: Chairman

    Nine of the 12 members of the National Park System Advisory Board resigned this week out of frustration that the new heads of the Interior Department hadn’t met with them, NBC News reported. Tony Knowles, the board’s chairman since 2010 and a former Democratic governor of Alaska, said in an interview with Alaska Public Radio that he and eight other...

  • Donald Trump January 10, 2018 1:00 am

    Trump Administration Says No Oil Drilling Off Florida Coast

    The Trump administration said Tuesday it would not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, abruptly reversing course under pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

  • Governor December 16, 2017 4:55 am

    Anger Grows as Puerto Rico Misses Power Restoration Deadline

    Union leaders representing Puerto Rico power company workers slammed local and federal officials on Friday as the U.S. territory missed a deadline to restore 95 percent of power as promised by the island’s governor. Puerto Rico is currently at 64 percent power generation nearly three months after Hurricane Maria hit, and the situation has sparked a growing number of protests...

  • Mike Pence December 8, 2017 9:39 pm

    Interior Chief Spent More Than $53K on 3 Helicopter Trips

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $53,000 on three helicopter trips this summer, including one that allowed him to return to Washington in time for a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence, newly released records show. Records released by the Interior Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act request show Zinke spent more than $39,000 on...

  • Donald Trump December 2, 2017 11:21 pm

    Thousands Protest Trump's Utah Monument Reduction Plan

    Thousands of protesters fired up by President Donald Trump’s expected announcement to shrink two national monuments in Utah rallied in Salt Lake City on Saturday, just two days ahead of his planned visit. Crowds converged on the steps of the Utah State Capitol to denounce Trump’s decision, many chanting and holding signs with messages such as “Protect Wild Utah.” Native...

  • Florida November 21, 2017 12:57 pm

    Whitefish Halts Power Work in Puerto Rico Over $83M Owed

    Whitefish Energy Holdings said late Monday that it was halting work to help restore power in Puerto Rico because the U.S. territory’s government has not paid crews as part of a contract that led to accusations of overcharging and incompetence and contributed to the resignation of the power company director. The Montana-based company said in a statement that invoices for...

  • director October 31, 2017 8:53 pm

    Puerto Rico Faces Cash Shortfall After Hurricane Maria

    Puerto Rico’s struggling government warned on Tuesday that it will face a cash shortfall by the end of the year and will seek billions of dollars in additional federal funds to help it cope with the expenses caused by Hurricane Maria....
    Officials said the devastating storm imposed enormous emergency costs while causing an estimated 50 percent drop in the U.S. territory’s...

  • President September 18, 2017 7:46 pm

    US Interior Chief Urges Shrinking 4 National Monuments in West: Memo

    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 natural beauty and historical significance to mining, logging and other development. Zinke’s recommendation, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, prompted an outcry from environmental groups who...

  • President August 25, 2017 1:28 pm

    US Interior Chief Recommends Changes on Some Protected Lands

    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 some boundary changes and left open the possibility of allowing drilling, mining or other industries on the sites.

  • Donald Trump August 25, 2017 3:52 pm

    5 National Monuments Under Review by Trump Administration

    Here’s a look at five of the national monuments that are being re-examined.

  • Donald Trump May 8, 2017 9:17 pm

    US Interior Secretary Tours Hotly Contested Utah Monument

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took an aerial tour Monday of one of America’s newest and most hotly contested monuments — one of 27 he’s been ordered to review by President Donald Trump to determine if they were properly established. Zinke’s tour guide for the helicopter ride over the 1.3-million acre (5,300 square kilometers) swath of southern Utah with red...

  • Donald Trump April 13, 2017 9:39 pm

    Democrats Pressure Trump to Keep National Monuments

    Western Democrats are pressuring President Donald Trump not to rescind land protections put in place by President Barack Obama, including Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument. Obama infuriated Utah Republicans when he created the monument in late December on 1.3 million acres of land that is sacred to Native Americans and home to tens of thousands of archaeological sites, including ancient...

  • President April 13, 2017 9:09 pm

    US Halts Plan to Transfer Montana Bison Management to Tribe

    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 selling or transferring public lands. Zinke, a former Montana congressman, told the Missoulian in an email that the tribes would still play a “pivotal role” in discussions about the future...

  • Donald Trump April 7, 2017 11:57 am

    Bureau of Land Management Changes Website Homepage Photo From Hikers to Coal Bed

    As President Donald Trump continues rolling back environmental protections, various sections of the government are starting to reflect those changes. The Bureau of Land Management changed its website homepage from a photo of hikers, NBC News reported. The bureau is an agency within the Interior Department, and spokeswoman Kristen Lenhardt confirmed the photo swap to NBC News on Thursday. The...

  • Donald Trump April 3, 2017 10:27 pm

    Trump Donates His First Salary to National Parks Service

    President Donald Trump donated his first salary to the National Parks Service, NBC News reported. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was presented the President’s first quarter salary—which totaled $78,333—at the beginning of Monday’s White House Press Briefing. The check included “every penny the president received from the first quarter”since his Jan. 20 inauguration, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. Though the donation...

  • Donald Trump March 29, 2017 8:27 pm

    Zinke: Border Wall ‘Complex,' Faces Geographic Challenges

    Geographic and physical challenges — including the Rio Grande and threatened wildlife — will make it difficult to build the “big, beautiful wall” that President Donald Trump has promised on the U.S.-Mexico border, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday. Zinke told reporters in a conference call that building a wall “is complex in some areas,” including Big Bend National Park...

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