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  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 48 this week to 571.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas declined by 19 rigs, Oklahoma dropped eight, Louisiana dropped five, Pennsylvania lost three, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming each declined by two and Ohio dropped...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming attracted a record number of tourists— and their money— in 2015, according to preliminary numbers. Lower fuel prices, well executed marketing campaigns and more foreign travelers all had a part in boosting travel in Wyoming and nationwide, state Office of Tourism Executive Director Diane Shober said. According to preliminary numbers, a...

  • Ranchers ask for more Air Force flight information Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 12:52 PM ET

    The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association's request to officials at Ellsworth Air Force Base this week addresses the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex, which roughly quadrupled the training airspace to nearly 35,000 square miles in the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming— the largest over the continental U.S. Stockgrowers president Bill Kluck said...

  • GILLETTE, Wyo.— Like a trusty pickup truck, Gillette has bounced through tough times before and pulled through, thanks to coal. President Barack Obama's administration has ordered a three-year moratorium on sales of federal coal reserves, and it's putting a rare mood on folks in Gillette, a ranching-turned-energy town of 32,000: pessimism.

  • Coal projects advance but won't be final under moratorium Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 2:46 PM ET

    Wyoming, Montana and U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials approved moving forward with a multiyear evaluation of the projects located next to existing mines in the states' Powder River Basin, the nation's largest coal-producing region. They cited concerns over climate change and other environmental effects from burning coal and questioned if...

  • Andrew Selsky named AP's Salem, Oregon, correspondent Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 1:31 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Andrew Selsky, a veteran foreign correspondent for The Associated Press who has reported in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, has been named AP's Salem correspondent. Selsky, 60, has directed AP's text coverage of 45 countries in Africa as the agency's first regional Africa editor, based in Johannesburg, since 2009..

  • Cloud Peak Energy and Lighthouse Resources Inc. want to mine a combined 644 million tons of coal from government-controlled reserves in Montana and Wyoming. Details on projects in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Alabama and Arkansas were withheld by the Interior Department, meaning the amount of coal could be significantly higher. The governors of Montana and Wyoming...

  • Alpha laying off nearly 900 at West Virginia mines Monday, 25 Jan 2016 | 5:37 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Bankrupt coal producer Alpha Natural Resources announced Monday it plans to lay off 831 miners and dozens more support staff at eight underground mines and two processing plants in southern West Virginia as a result of the industry's downturn. The announcement includes 468 miners and 40 support staff at five underground mines at Marfork...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The Obama administration, in the first major review of the country's coal program in three decades, on Friday ordered a pause on issuing coal-mining leases on federal land as part of new executive actions to fight climate change. Most leases are on public land in Western states, primarily Wyoming, along with Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- The Obama administration is due on Friday to announce an overhaul of how the United States manages coal development on federal land, and freeze new coal mining, according to government and conservationist sources, in a further move to confront climate change. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is expected to make the announcement at midday...

  • What cowboy boots are telling us about oil prices Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016 | 12:32 PM ET
    A still from a Boot Barn commercial. Boot sales reported soft third quarter sales thanks to pressures in oil and commodity-related markets.

    Boot Barn says sales during its recently ended quarter were hurt by weakness in regions where the local economy depends on oil.

  • Jan 4- Tallgrass Energy Partners LP said it would buy an additional 31.3 percent stake in Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline LLC for about $743.6 million from Tallgrass Development LP. Tallgrass Energy Partners will pay $475 million in cash and 6.52 million in common units to Tallgrass Development. Tallgrass Energy Partners and Tallgrass Development are...

  • Drillers added 17 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 18, bringing the total up to 541, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. In the minutes after Baker Hughes released the report, U.S. crude futures fell 20 cents to $34.29 a barrel, the lowest level since February 2009, before paring losses. U.S. crude futures for next year were trading...

  • Drillers removed 21 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 11, bringing the total rig count down to 524, the least since April 2010, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. U.S. crude futures fell as low as $35.35 a barrel on Friday, its lowest level since February 2009, after the International Energy agency warned global oversupply could...

  • On Friday, OPEC decided to keep production near record highs despite depressed prices, as a way to boost market share by forcing rivals to reduce output. Drillers removed 10 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 4, bringing the total rig count down to 545, the least since June 2010, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report.

  • Drillers removed nine oil rigs in the week ended Nov. 25, bringing the total rig count down to 555, the least since June 2010, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. Baker Hughes issued the report two days earlier than usual due to the U.S. U.S. crude prices gained 20 cents after Baker Hughes issued the report, briefly pushing the...

  • Drillers removed 10 oil rigs in the week ended Nov. 20, the biggest weekly decline since late October, bringing the total rig count down to 564, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. U.S. crude oil futures averaged $41 a barrel so far this week, down from $43 last week, as crude inventories rose for the eighth consecutive week and...

  • Senators taking on EPA got big cash from coal Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 12:51 PM ET
    Mitch McConnell

    Many senators who voted this week to block EPA coal rules received healthy campaign donations from coal industry interest groups.

  • Nov 17- The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at blocking the National Labor Relations Board's jurisdiction over tribal casinos on Indian land. Senator John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, hopes the bill will move in the Senate in the coming months if scheduling permits, a...

  • Drillers added 2 oil rigs in the week ended Nov. 13, bringing the total rig count up to 574, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. In the minutes after Baker Hughes released the report, U.S. crude prices dipped about 20 cents to around $40.50 a barrel. U.S. crude futures for next year were trading around $46 a barrel, according to the...