Coal Insider Tapped to Lead Agency That Regulates Mines

In yet another signal of the Trump administration’s departure from the previous administration’s environmental policies in favor of robust fossil fuel development, President Donald Trump nominated a former mining engineer to run the Interior Department Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on Thursday.

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Unease as Trump Reviews San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

A stunning backdrop to the City of Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument is one of six under federal review in California. While some stakeholders are confident President Barack Obama’s 346,000-acre designation will escape unscathed, others are not so sure. 

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Grand Staircase Monument: Prehistoric Pawn in a Modern-Day Fight

Millions of years before human existence, much less monument designations, a colossal stairway laid its foundation on the northern rim of the Grand Canyon. Over time, tectonic shift exposed the youngest rock layers of the Colorado Plateau: chocolate, vermillion, white, gray and pink cliffs. The five giant steps, which geologist Clarence Dutton first called the “Grand Staircase” in the 1870s, ascend northward hundreds of miles to Bryce Canyon, creating much of the picturesque topography in Southern Utah.

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GOP All In as Race to Fill Montana’s House Seat Narrows

A hotly contested election to fill Montana’s congressional seat could be decided by a few points Thursday, and Republicans are making sure they don’t miss their free throws in the race that pits a wealthy New Jersey software entrepreneur against a singer-songwriter with no political experience.

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