Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — Some of North Dakota’s seven coal-fired power plants will be forced to shut down unless the Obama administration’s new rule to curb carbon dioxide emissions undergoes significant changes, an industry official said Tuesday just hours before the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked the rule. Justices voted 5-4 to grant a request made by North Dakota and 26 other states and various energy and business interests to put the Clean Power Plan on hold while a federal appeals court hears their lawsuit against it.
BISMARCK — Roughly a billion dollars’ worth of water projects planned in North Dakota are safe from budget cuts ordered for most state agencies last week, but the state’s chief engineer predicts some “tough prioritizing” during the next budget cycle if oil prices and production don’t rebound. “We’re not planning to cut anything that anyone wants to build right at the moment,” State Engineer Todd Sando said Monday.
BISMARCK — A 185-foot-long housing unit that once provided temporary space for workers in North Dakota's Oil Patch is getting a fresh start as living quarters for minimum-security inmates at a transitional facility south of Bismarck. Inmates on work release were scheduled to start moving into the modular unit this week at the Missouri River Correctional Center.
N.D. Game and Fish Department special allocation licenses in 2015 - 1 spring turkey license to National Wild Turkey Federation for auction or raffle - 1 bighorn sheep license to Foundation for North American Wild Sheep auction - 1 moose to Wildlife Enforcement Museum raffle - 1 elk to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation raffle - 1 mule deer to Mule Deer Foundation raffle - 1 pronghorn to ND Hunter Educators Association raffle - Up to 4 "any deer" and 6 "any whitetail" licenses to Injured Military Wildlife Project
BISMARCK — This week’s orders from Gov. Jack Dalrymple to cut state agency budgets by more than 4 percent and drain most of a reserve fund to cover a $1 billion revenue shortfall aren’t slowing down a $5 million project to replace the official governor’s residence.
BISMARCK — U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer has launched an online straw poll to let North Dakota Republicans express their preference for a presidential candidate, after state GOP officials scrapped their customary informal caucus because of a change in national convention rules. "North Dakota Republicans are being left out of the 2016 presidential preference process, so this straw poll will provide the next best thing," Cramer said in a statement Wednesday.
BISMARCK — Last week's campaign statement listing the names of 81 Republican state lawmakers as endorsing Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for governor left out an important detail in the eyes of GOP challenger Doug Burgum: The endorsements were sought before Burgum jumped into the race. The news release Jan. 26 from Stenehjem's campaign listed 29 senators and 52 House members as endorsing Stenehjem, representing 81 of the Legislature's 103 Republican members.
BISMARCK — With Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem wielding a nearly $400,000 war chest for his gubernatorial campaign, GOP challenger and former Microsoft executive Doug Burgum is ready to dip into his own substantial finances to compete for the Republican Party's nomination. Burgum said that while he plans on mounting a full fundraising effort, he's always been willing to put his own money on the line and wants "to invest appropriately to be effective."
BISMARCK—As news of North Dakota's $1 billion revenue shortfall and 4.05 percent budget cuts for state agencies sank in Monday, some elected officials predicted the appetite for tapping into the state's $3.5 billion trust fund for oil taxes will grow when lawmakers convene next January. Some majority Republican lawmakers have adamantly opposed spending the Legacy Fund's principal or earnings as a way to weather the downturn in state revenues caused by depressed market prices for crude oil and agricultural commodities.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered most state agencies to slash their budgets by just over 4 percent to help cover an unprecedented $1 billion revenue shortfall blamed on slumping oil and farm commodity prices. After years of good news about state revenues, "it seems strange to hear that things have gone in the other direction," Dalrymple told agency heads at the Capitol as he unveiled a bleak revenue forecast by Moody's Analytics.