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Vice President Joe Biden, center, reacts after President Barack Obama signed legislation under the Antiquities Act designating five new National Monuments, Monday, March 25, 2013, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. From left are, Samuel Gomez, War Chief, Taos Pueblo, Biden, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
NEW YORK (AP) — The Statue of Liberty, closed since Superstorm Sandy damaged the island where it stands, will reopen to the public in time for Independence Day, officials said Tuesday.
FILE- In a Nov. 30, 2012 file photo, parts of the brick walkway of Liberty Island that were damaged in Superstorm Sandy are shown during a tour of New York’s Liberty Island. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 that the Statue of Liberty is scheduled to reopen by Independence Day, about eight months after it was closed because of Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
FILE- In this Nov. 30, 2012 file photo, a sea shell rests on a wall surrounding the Statue of Liberty, in New York. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 that the Statue of Liberty is scheduled to reopen by Independence Day, about eight months after it was closed because of Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
SAN FRANCISCO — Federal officials on Friday approved a plan that sets aside 445 square miles of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants, cementing a new government approach to renewable energy development in the West after years of delays and false starts.
KEENE, Calif. — President Barack Obama on Monday designated the home of Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument, calling Chavez a hero who brought hope to millions of poor, disenfranchised farm workers who otherwise might have remained "invisible" to much of the nation.
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is banning new hard rock mining on more than a million acres near the Grand Canyon, an area known to be rich in high-grade uranium ore reserves.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Thursday identified 17 sites in six Western states as prime candidates for solar energy projects on public lands, continuing a push for solar power despite the high-profile bankruptcy of a solar panel maker that received a half-billion dollar federal loan.
WASHINGTON - A House subcommittee Thursday voted to nullify the Interior Department’s recently extended ban on new mining claims on more than 1 million acres of federal land around the Grand Canyon.
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Land Management Thursday banned new mining claims on 13,735 acres of land in Arizona, one of six Western states where the government is considering “solar-energy zones.”
WASHINGTON – As many as 30,000 Native Americans from seven Arizona tribes stand to benefit from the final settlement this week of a years-long, $3.4 billion lawsuit against the U.S. government.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, flanked by, from left, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt and Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, was at the Grand Canyon to announce the extension of a ban on new mining claims near the national park.
More than 1 million acres of government-owned land surrounding the Grand Canyon is off-limits to new mining claims until Dec. 20.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – Deep within the canyon, a few miles removed from the mule trains of the popular Bright Angel Trail, Horn Creek creates a ribbon of green vegetation here before plunging toward the Colorado River.
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WASHINGTON — Mexican President Felipe Calderon took his opposition to a new Arizona immigration law to Congress Thursday, saying it "ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree."
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Mint has unveiled design of new quarters featuring four national parks and a national forest.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it is settling a long-running and contentious lawsuit over royalties owed to American Indians.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other dignitaries will dedicate Arizona's first commercial-scale wind energy farm Oct. 12 in Navajo County between Holbrook and Heber.
Augie Ojeda had three hits and drove in three runs, Chad Tracy hit his second home run in two games and Arizona beat San Diego 7-4 Sunday.
Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park will be among the sites honored in the U.S. Mint's "America the Beautiful" series of quarters.
DENVER — Democratic Party leaders say they are on a roll in the West and hope to extend the gains they've made over the past six years.