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Galena To Lay Off 126 Workers

The Galena Mine will cut its workforce by about a third in response to plunging silver prices and high production costs, officials said Tuesday. Layoff notices are being sent to 126 of the underground silver mine’s 351 workers. Affected employees will be given a 60-day notice in compliance with federal law and the mine’s collective bargaining agreement, said Janice Mandel, a spokeswoman for U.S. Silver and Gold Inc., the mine’s owner. Producing an ounce of silver from the mine costs about $16, so skidding prices for the metal took a toll on U.S. Silver and Gold’s profitability, according to a company news release. Silver prices have dropped from about $30 per ounce to about $20 this year. Silver prices briefly spiked to $49 an ounce in May 2011/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.


Griz Grit: Tim Bush’s Legacy

A large contingent of former teammates, such as defensive back Trey Young, who drove in from Seattle, and quarterback John Edwards, who traveled with his family from Billings, packed the gym 30 minutes before the funeral began. But while the wearing of maroon was encouraged and ever-present, what I heard mostly was not about the Grizzlies but the story of a young man who left a lasting imprint on the communities he grew up in and the life he chose to return to. “If Tim liked you, he had your back,” said Troy Schueller, his former wrestling coach who offered the sole eulogy/Mick Holien, Griz Grit, Flathead Beacon. More here.

Question: Do you think the following adage is true: “The good die young”?

Report: Boulder Crushed Idaho Miner

The falling slab of rock that fatally injured a worker at the Galena Mine Friday was 4 ½ feet long by 2 ½ feet wide and 2 feet thick, federal investigators said. The Mine Safety and Health Administration continues to investigate the rock fall that claimed the life of Timothy A. Bush. Bush, 29, and his partner were working around loose rock when the accident occurred Friday morning. Bush was a former All-American defensive end for the University of Montana’s football team. He worked as contract miner at the Galena Mine near Silverton, Idaho, for United Mine Services/Becky Kramer, SR.

SK: Heart Goes Out To Tim Bush’s Family

Smith Kennedy (re: Former Montana all-American Tim Bush dies in mine accident): He was one hell of a Man. I worked with his mom, and the day he was named to the Montana Grizz all Decade Team, i have never seen anyone so proud. Her office suddenly became Grizz Central. But it was more than that, any time she talked about him she would light up it was awesome the love she had for her son. My heart goes out to their family right now …

Question: Have you known a gifted person who died much too young?

Tim Bush, Former Montana Grizzly All-American, dies in Galena Mine Accident

A former All-American football player at the University of Montana died this morning of injuries he received in an accident at the Galena Mine near Silverton, Idaho. Tim Bush, 29, sustained internal injuries in a rockfall in the underground mine, which occurred about 8 a.m., family members said. He was taken to Shoshone Medical Center. Bush was a standout wrestler and football player at Kellogg High School who later played football with the University of Montana Grizzlies as a defensive end. During his football career he was named an All-American and set the school record with 34 sacks and tackles, past news reports show/Spokesman-Review. More here. And: KREM2 video here. (Photo courtesy of 2003 University of Montana media guide)