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U.S. Silver mulls options

U.S. Silver Corp.’s board of directors will review an unsolicited bid from competitor Hecla Mining Co. to gain control of the company by buying up stock directly from U.S. Silver’s …


Hecla trying to take over U.S. Silver

Hecla Mining Co. is trying to gain control of the Galena Mine in Idaho’s Silver Valley through a hostile takeover of its owner. Hecla is wooing shareholders of U.S. Silver …


Feds say mine not inspected as ordered

After a violent rock burst at the Lucky Friday Mine on Nov. 16, federal inspectors ordered mine managers to conduct twice-daily monitoring to check if stress was building up in …


Shareholders file suit against Hecla

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Some shareholders have sued Hecla Mining Co. for stock losses they endured after the federal government shut down the Lucky Friday Mine for safety violations. …


Questions erupt over Lucky Friday

WALLACE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will ask federal regulators to hold a public meeting in the Silver Valley to explain their decision to shut down the Lucky Friday Mine’s …


Otter asks feds to explain mine shaft closure

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will ask federal regulators to hold a public meeting in the Silver Valley to explain their decision to shut down the Lucky Friday Mine’s shaft for …


Lucky Friday Mine families explore ways to wait out closure

WALLACE – Mark Miller’s baby girl is just learning how to crawl. She has three rambunctious older brothers, ages 2, 7 and 9. Miller hopes he can find a job …


Mine shutdown impact could exceed $25 million

A year-long closure of the Lucky Friday Mine could reduce income in the Silver Valley by more than $25 million, state officials said.


Mine’s troubles called similar to Nevada site

Conditions in the Lucky Friday Mine’s main shaft have parallels to problems at a Nevada gold mine where a 2010 shaft accident claimed the lives of two workers, a top …


Mine shutdown means lost jobs, economic uncertainty

Federal regulators’ decision to shut down the Lucky Friday Mine’s main shaft was greeted with confusion and concern Wednesday in Idaho’s Silver Valley. Officials at Hecla Mining Co., which operates …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2012, 12:57 p.m.

Lucky Friday workers face year-long mine closure

Hecla Mining Company said this morning that it would close the Lucky Friday silver mine for a year to clean its main shaft as required by federal regulators, a move …


Mining deaths second-lowest in a century

The number of U.S. mining deaths last year was the second-lowest reported since statistics were first recorded in 1910, the U.S. Department of Labor says.


Lucky Friday to build new access tunnel

Officials at Hecla Mining Co. say they will tunnel a 750-foot bypass at the Lucky Friday Mine to route workers away from a portion of the mile-long corridor where a …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 2, 2011, 8:12 p.m.

Regulators slam Hecla for miner’s death in April

Federal mine safety regulators have handed out four citations to Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla Mining Co. after a miner died in the company’s Lucky Friday Mine in April. Hecla acknowledged fines …


Lucky Friday miner dies from his injuries

For the second time this year, a miner has died after sustaining injuries while working at Hecla Mining Co.’s Lucky Friday Mine. Brandon Lloyd Gray, 26, was critically injured Thursday …


Mine death put on bosses

Unsafe work practices caused the cave-in that killed an employee at the Lucky Friday Mine in April, federal investigators have concluded. Larry “Pete” Marek was buried in a 25-foot-high rock …


Second fire reported at Lucky Friday Mine

Investigators are looking into the cause of a second fire in three weeks at the Lucky Friday Mine. The underground silver mine near Mullan, Idaho, was evacuated at 7 p.m. …


Smoke evacuates Lucky Friday Mine

The Lucky Friday Mine was evacuated Tuesday evening after an employee reported smoke in the underground silver mine.


Silver Valley honors Marek

KELLOGG, Idaho – Larry “Pete” Marek was remembered Thursday as devoted family man and model miner, whose great strength made him a rock that others leaned on. Hundreds of Silver …


Memorial service for miner is Thursday

A memorial service for Larry “Pete” Marek will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Kellogg High School Gymnasium.


Investigation planned in miner’s death

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration will thoroughly investigate the roof collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine that killed an employee, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said today.


Rescue efforts continue, still no sign of trapped miner

Rescue efforts to reach a trapped miner at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho are progressing, but becoming more difficult and time consuming as the tunnel deepens, Hecla Mining …


Rescuers making fast progress at Lucky Friday

Rescue workers are blasting their way closer to a miner trapped at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho.


Rescuers continue to probe mine

Hecla Mining Co. said rescue crews have started drilling a third bore hole into an open area behind tons of collapsed rock and debris in the Lucky Friday Mine. They …


Camera shows mine void

Rescue workers completed two bore holes into the rubble of Lucky Friday Mine on Tuesday in their effort to rescue a miner trapped since Friday. A camera fed through a …


Rescue crews dig for trapped miner at Lucky Friday Mine

MULLAN, Idaho – Hecla Mining crews were still digging Saturday evening for a miner trapped more than a mile underground at the Lucky Friday Mine. Company officials Saturday continued to …


Meyer to oversee mine cleanup

A $447 million trust established to pay for Superfund cleanup in the Coeur d’Alene River basin has hired its first full-time employee. Dan Meyer will start work Jan. 1. He …


With profits up, Hecla ponders mine expansion

Hecla Mining Co., which Tuesday announced what one analyst called “stellar results,” could decide next spring whether to proceed with a $150 million to $200 million expansion of its Lucky …