- BLM names longtime agency employee as New Mexico director Updated: Oct-01-15 6:12 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's New Mexico office has a new director.
- Judge blocks federal oil, gas drilling rules pending lawsuit Updated: Sep-30-15 5:48 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A judge on Wednesday blocked new nationwide regulations for oil and gas drilling on federal lands from taking effect while a lawsuit moves ahead, pointing to a law that prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating hydraulic fracturing.
- Interim BLM Nevada director Ruhs will take post permanently Updated: Sep-30-15 5:45 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - The interim Nevada director of the federal Bureau of Land Management is taking on the job permanently.
- New hurdles prove too high for South Coast golf project Updated: Sep-30-15 2:43 pm
BANDON, Oregon - Bandon Dunes owner Mike Keiser pulled the plug Wednesday on the proposed Bandon Links golf project south of town.
- With no protections for Western bird, focus is on land-use Updated: Sep-23-15 3:59 am
BILLINGS, Montana - Before the applause faded from the U.S. government's announcement that there would be no endangered species protections for the greater sage grouse, the criticism began over wide-reaching federal conservation plans meant to protect the bird's habitat across 11 Western states.
- State praises sage grouse decision, criticizes feds' plans Updated: Sep-22-15 1:57 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana officials are relieved by the Interior Department's decision not to recommend endangered species protections for the greater sage grouse, but they are critical of the new conservation plans meant to protect the bird's habitat on federal lands.
- US panel: Cancel drilling lease near Glacier National Park Updated: Sep-21-15 8:24 pm
HELENA, Montana - A federal panel recommended Monday that the U.S. government cancel a long-suspended drilling lease on land near Montana's Glacier National Park that is considered sacred to Native American tribes.
- 133 horses gathered in northwest Colorado roundup Updated: Sep-21-15 4:04 pm
RANGELY, Colorado - Over 100 horses have been gathered as part of a roundup in northwest Colorado's West Douglas Herd Area.
- Shift in US firefighting prioritizes sage grouse in West Updated: Sep-21-15 1:08 am
RENO, Nevada - Federal agencies deciding how to deploy firefighters during one of the West's worst wildfire seasons are considering a new factor in their deliberations: an imperiled bird that inhabits a vast stretch of sagebrush from California to the Dakotas.
- Groups upset following release of range management plan Updated: Sep-20-15 1:58 pm
BOISE, Idaho - A new federal land management plan for southwest Idaho and northern Nevada created after the settlement of a lawsuit aimed at reducing cattle grazing has been released - and it allows an increase.
- Animal advocates sue to prevent horse roundup Updated: Sep-19-15 12:30 pm
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - An animal-advocacy organization is suing to halt any future gathers of wild horses in northwest Colorado.
- Drought is taming wild horses in Southern Nevada Updated: Sep-19-15 9:41 am
LAS VEGAS - The beige mare's skin stretched tightly over her ribs as she grazed at Oliver Ranch. It's the temporary holding area for the wild horses the Bureau of Land Management rounded up at the end of August to save from the drought that's parching the American West.
- Shooting temporarily banned at part of Arizona monument Updated: Sep-16-15 12:34 pm
SONORAN DESERT NATIONAL MONUMENT, Arizona - The state Bureau of Land Management says recreational shooting is now banned at a small portion of the Sonoran Desert National Monument.
- Wilderness designation wouldn't erase oil and gas leases Updated: Sep-15-15 12:13 pm
JORDAN VALLEY, Oregon - In the heart of the Owyhee River Canyon, past the pale green sagebrush hills, the cliffs marked by tribal hands and black volcanic fields, sits a decaying brick building.
- Horse advocates want review; 28 Nevada mustangs euthanized Updated: Sep-09-15 4:00 pm
RENO, Nevada - Wild horse advocates called for a federal investigation Wednesday into an emergency mustang roundup in southern Nevada where government officials say more than two dozen animals had to be euthanized due to severe starvation.
- Sandoval makes last-ditch appeal to BLM over sage grouse Updated: Sep-04-15 9:16 pm
LAS VEGAS - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval made a last-ditch appeal to the federal Bureau of Land Management to accept Nevada's recommendations for protecting the greater sage grouse.