U.S. creates new Renewable Energy offices

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- New U.S. Renewable Energy Coordination Offices will speed renewable development on public lands.

Tribe vows to keep trying for casino OK

KENOSHA, Wis., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. government has formally rejected the Menominee Nation's Kenosha, Wis., proposed casino project but the tribe vows to keep trying, officials say.

Should Las Vegas get Snake Valley water?

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Piping water from the Snake Valley aquifer on the border between Utah and Nevada to Las Vegas could do irreparable harm, environmentalists say.

Bush proposes Endangered Species changes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Bush administration has proposed regulatory changes that would drop longstanding Endangered Species Act enforcement policies, The Washington Post reported.

U.S. hosts sale of geothermal leases

RENO, Nev., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Geothermal leases for more than 105,000 acres of land in Nevada sold for $28.2 million.

Pearl Harbor may become national monument

WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush has proposed making Pearl Harbor a national monument but the U.S. Navy questions what implications that could have for the active base.
Polar bear listed as threatened species

Polar bear listed as threatened species

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced Wednesday he will order the polar bear to be listed as a threatened species.

White House eschews species protections

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- The White House reportedly has made it more difficult to place plants and animals under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Grand Canyon flooded to improve ecosystem

PAGE, Ariz., March 5 (UPI) -- U.S. officials released a flood into the Grand Canyon to try to undo damage caused by construction of the Glen Canyon Dam in the 1960s.

Red Knot birds may be endangered species

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Nine U.S. conservation organizations have requested emergency protections to prevent the extinction of red knot birds, a migratory shorebird.

Feds consider easing ban on guns in parks

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. federal government says it plans to suggest new rules that would let visitors bring loaded guns into some national parks.

Bush ushered in, out with applause, cheers

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush shook hands, clasped shoulders and accepted well-wishes as he prepared to deliver his State of the Union Address.

Decision on polar bears pushed back

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Environmental groups have threatened to file a lawsuit in Washington if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not make a decision on polar bears.

Western U.S. states agree on water pact

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. government reached a water allocation agreement with western U.S. states served by the Colorado River after years of negotiations.

Interior secretary to mediate water fight

BUFORD , Ga., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The White House is sending U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to mediate a water rights fight between Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
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Dirk Kempthorne
U.S. President George W. Bush shakes hands with Dirk Kempthorne after Kempthorne is sworn in as Interior Secretary on the South Lawn of the White House on June 7, 2006. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Dirk Arthur Kempthorne (born October 29, 1951 in San Diego, California), was the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, who served under President George W. Bush from 2006–2009. A Republican, Kempthorne previously served as Governor and as a U.S. Senator from Idaho. He is reportedly exploring a bid for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012.

Kempthorne was first elected to public office as mayor of Boise in 1985, where he served for seven years. According to The New York Times, over the course of his career in public service, Kempthorne established a reputation as "a personable leader with a strong understanding of issues."

Kempthorne is notable for his conservative views, particularly on economic issues.

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