January 11, 2001 |
Lock and load! That's been the instant response among political activists here as President-elect George W. Bush has assembled his Cabinet-in-waiting. The hot-button selections among his choices have sent a shot of adrenaline through the capital's battling class--with interest groups, politicians and congressional staff scrambling to the barricades to fight or defend the Bush team. Faxes are humming, Web sites are screaming, midnight oil is burning by the gallon.
November 2, 2002 |
The U.S. Interior Department said it evacuated its main headquarters, a few blocks from the White House, because of high asbestos levels. Air monitoring tests during the building's renovation detected asbestos in the cafeteria and mechanical room, which share a ventilation system. About 2,300 workers in the department's main building were dismissed at 11 a.m. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton was not in the building at the time.
April 18, 2003 |
Eighty-seven House members are warning Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton that her agency's plan to transfer ownership of roads across the West to counties or states violates the law, and they are urging her to delay any transfers.
March 30, 2003 |
Rebuffed by the Senate, the Bush administration will not give up the fight this year to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling, Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton said. The White House is turning its attention to the House in hopes of salvaging a key part of the president's energy strategy.
January 24, 2003 |
Southern Nevada water officials declared a drought watch and called for strict measures to cut water use this summer. Effective in June, Las Vegas-area homeowners won't be able to water landscaping as often and won't be allowed to plant grass in frontyards, according to a plan adopted unanimously by the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Nevada is getting less water from the Colorado River because of a dispute among California water agencies that prompted Interior Secretary Gale A.
April 18, 2001 |
The Bush administration has rejected an appeal from President Bush's younger brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, to scrap the planned auction of offshore oil and gas leases in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, USA Today reported. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton informed the governor last week that the administration plans to post notices of the sale in July, the newspaper said.
August 1, 2001 |
A federal appeals court has directed Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton to reconsider her decision not to list the flat-tailed horned lizard for protection under the Endangered Species Act. A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in Tucson that Norton failed to consider "important factors" in deciding not to designate the lizard as a threatened species. The court called the decision "arbitrary and capricious."
August 8, 2001 |
In the latest twist in a bitter water war, environmental groups went to court in an attempt to obtain water for hundreds of bald eagles that traditionally winter in the Lower Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge on the Oregon-California border. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation failed to offer water to the refuge as mandated by the Endangered Species Act, according to one of the groups that filed suit in U.S. District Court in Oregon. In a statement, Interior Secretary Gale A.
June 7, 2001 |
Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton was pressed to reconsider allowing oil drilling in a Montana valley sacred to Native Americans. A permit to drill was issued last month to a company owned by a prominent Republican donor. Norton was questioned during a hearing about a permit issued to Anschutz Exploration Corp. Philip Anschutz donated thousands to the campaigns of President Bush, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others.