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PHOTO: A report from the Sightline Institute calls for BLM to recalculate "fair market values" for coal, based on growing export markets. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior

HELENA, Mont. - It's been called "outdated," and a new report from the Sightline Institute shows how being behind the times means Montana is missing out on coal cash. A U.S. Government Accountability Office report earlier this year criticized the Bureau of Land Management for how it sets "fair mark ...Read More

PHOTO:  A report from the Sightline Institute calls for BLM to recalculate "fair market values" for coal, based on growing export markets. Photo credit: United States Geological Survey (USGS)

LANDER, Wyo. - The coal market has changed. U.S. coal used to be mined primarily for domestic use, but markets overseas are growing as domestic demand declines. A new report from the Sightline Institute outlines that history and argues that the Bureau of Land Management should take it into considera ...Read More

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument in Riverside County is one of a number of protected areas in California which benefits from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.
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LOS ANGELES - This week marks the 50th anniversary of the vote in Congress which created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964, the fund uses royalty money from offshore oil and gas drilling for conservation and recreation proj ...Read More

PHOto: Todd Tanner, president of Conservation Hawks, testified at a citizens' hearing in Missoula last night that climate change is a threat to the state's hunting and fishing heritage. He supports the proposed federal Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions. Photo courtesy of Tanner.

MISSOULA, Mont. – "We all see it happening" was the sentiment about climate change at a citizens' hearing Wednesday night in Missoula about the proposed federal Clean Power Plan that sets goals for reducing pollution associated with climate change. Representatives from health, environmental a ...Read More

PHOTO: The Nevada Dept. of Transportation is urging extra caution on Nevada's rural roadways, where fatal accidents have increased sharply in some counties in the first half of this year. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada's traffic deaths overall are down for the first half of this year, but fatalities on rural roadways are way up, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. Meg Ragonese, the department's public information officer, says 124 traffic deaths in Nevada in the ...Read More

PHOTO: Dave Fidanque with the ACLU of Oregon says Central American children who have come to the U.S. seeking asylum have a right to legal representation and an immigration hearing before being summarily deported. Photo courtesy of the Oregon AFL-CIO.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Most have not traveled this far north yet, but Oregonians are already expressing concern for the thousands of children and teens crossing the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty in their Central American homelands. On Wednesday a group of labor, religious and immigrants' rig ...Read More

PHOTO: From Mt. Rainier to a community pool or athletic field, hundreds of Washington sites have benefited from Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. The fund was created by Congress 50 years ago this week, but is set to expire in 2015. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

SEATTLE - The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has touched lives in every county of Washington, and the fund officially turns 50 years old this week. On the anniversary of the vote that created it, Representative Dave Reichert joined a group of lawmakers to tout the benefits of the fund for ...Read More

PHOTO: Randy Kurtz and Karen Mork, members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, help with registration at the Washington State Labor Council convention. Donations are also being collected for wildfire relief efforts in the area. Photo credit: Tim Welch

WENATCHEE, Wash. - The Washington State Labor Council's annual convention started Tuesday in an unexpected haze of smoke from the wildfires near Wenatchee. So, the group is collecting donations and handing out relief applications to anyone who has lost homes or possessions. Labor leaders are there ...Read More

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