The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will consider a ban on new mining on large expanses of public lands in Western states to protect a struggling bird species, the Greater Sage-Grouse. A temporary ban on mining was imposed under former President Barack Obama, but dropped by the Trump administration. The affected lands totaled 10 million acres in Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. Millions of sage grouse once roamed the West, but development livestock grazing and an invasive grass that encourages wildfires reduced the species population to fewer than 500,000.
Helena’s Salvation Army leaders are leaving Montana. Details from Troy Shockley, our Capitol City Correspondent.