BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Representatives of the oil and gas industry say they are suing the Obama administration over drilling restrictions meant to protect a struggling bird that ranges across 11 Western states.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The governor of gold-rich Nevada is pressing the Obama administration to alter its sage grouse protection plan to free up thousands of mining claims by shrinking the restricted area in exchange for making other unprotected areas off limits.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Public land experts, outdoor enthusiasts and scientists say Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's year-old wildfire strategy for a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West is turning out to be one of the most significant federal land policy changes in some 80 years.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says federal agencies need to do a better job at considering state and local ideas when it comes to making decisions about species facing possible extinction.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal land managers have approved the right of way a rural Nevada county needs to replace an aging water tank that critics had argued was a prime example of development doomed by new U.S. protections of the greater sage grouse.
A great many conservatives and conservative Republicans in Idaho often tell me they’re greatly disappointed in their elected leaders, however. While I may not always agree 100 percent of the time (and who does?) with our most politically powerful Republicans I’ve gained quite a bit of respect for Governor C...