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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 6:19 p.m.

Company defaults on lease for Bunker Hill Mine, future of restarting mine in doubt

The company that hoped to reopen the Bunker Hill Mine later this year has defaulted on its lease-purchase option payment.


Zinke signs mining ban near Yellowstone park

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park after two proposed gold mines raised concerns the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 7:28 p.m.

Zinke expected to OK block on mining claims near Yellowstone

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has scheduled a visit next week to Montana, where he’s expected to finalize a proposal to block new mining claims on the forested public lands …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Bunker Hill Mining behind on payments to owners of historic Silver Valley property

Bunker Hill Mining Co. is behind on $400,000 in lease-purchase payments to the owner of the underground lead-zinc-silver property. The company has until Oct. 14 to make the outstanding payment.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Hecla Mining reports net income of $12.1 million in 2Q

Hecla Mining Co. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $12.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.


Dead Russian reporters researched mercenaries, mining in CAR

Three Russian journalists were investigating Russian military contractors and mining industries in Central African Republic when they were killed there, their editor said Wednesday.


Trump reversal of mining pollution rule challenged in court

Environmental groups challenged the Trump administration in federal court Wednesday over its rejection of an Obama-era proposal that would have required mining companies to prove they have enough money to …


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Sen. Maria Cantwell says governments should not be on the hook for coal mine cleanups

WASHINGTON – Congress should end a practice that puts the federal government and states at risk of paying for expensive coal mine cleanups when mining companies go bankrupt, according to …


Bitcoin mining company begins operations in Butte

A company created to mine for the digital currency bitcoin has begun operation at facility in western Montana.


Then and Now: Coeur d’Alene Hotel

A partnership between “Dutch” Jake and Harry Baer led to the construction of a legendary hotel in the early 1900s.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Lucky Friday miners vote against arbitration to end strike

Miners at the Lucky Friday Mine overwhelmingly voted against arbitration to end a strike that has dragged on for nearly a year.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 4:38 p.m.

Arbitration possible in ongoing strike at the Lucky Friday Mine

Hecla Mining Co. has agreed to binding, third-party arbitration to solve the strike at the Lucky Friday Mine. Union members will vote in March on whether to invoke arbitration.


Supco: Opportunity residents can pursue further cleanup

The Montana Supreme Court says residents living within a southwestern Montana Superfund site can move forward with their efforts to get the Atlantic Richfield Co. to pay for a better …


Court keeps ban on new mining claims around Grand Canyon

A U.S. appeals court has kept in place an Obama administration ban on new mining claims around the Grand Canyon.


U.S. moves to end ban on new uranium mining near Grand Canyon

U.S. officials said Wednesday that they have proposed ending the Obama administration’s ban on new uranium mining leases on public land outside Grand Canyon National Park.


Silver mine opponents ask Montana to suspend permits

Environmentalists have asked Montana regulators to suspend permits for two silver mines citing concerns over the track record of the president of the company behind the proposals.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

Lucky Friday’s silver production falls by 90 percent during 3Q

Even though the union workers at the Lucky Friday Mine are on strike, the mine is still producing a limited amount of silver.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

Feds plan to remove protections for 10 million acres of sage grouse habitat

The Interior Department said Thursday it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Holden Village finds new beginning after test of fire, massive mine cleanup

A wildfire and a massive mine cleanup tested Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in the North Cascades. About 4,000 people visit the village each year, which operates in a …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 11:39 a.m.

Groups sue to stop mining exploration north of Yellowstone

Opponents of mining outside Yellowstone National Park are challenging a decision by Montana environmental regulators to allow a Canadian company to explore for precious metals just north of the park.


Interior secretary pushes mining ban outside Yellowstone

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he wants to speed up a proposal to block new gold mining claims on public lands near Yellowstone National Park and will consider blocking other …


Exploratory mining near Mount St. Helens by Canadian company gets U.S. OK

The U.S. Forest Service has accepted a Canadian company’s application to conduct exploratory mining about 12 miles northeast of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument boundary.


Froma Harrop: Way of life versus fossil fuels

The fight is about more than environmentalism versus fossil fuels. It’s about money versus money. And if that’s the case, why would fossil fuel interests win over ranching, farming and …


Power plant operator reverses course, says it’s staying

The operator of one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the Western U.S. says it intends to keep running the 2,100-megawatt plant after declaring last year that a new …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

Lucky Friday miners rally at Hecla headquarters in Coeur d’Alene

More than 100 Lucky Friday mine workers and their families, retirees and union workers from across the U.S. gathered Wednesday to rally in front of Hecla’s corporate headquarters in Coeur …


Then and now: Hutton Building

Fueled by a lucky stake in a productive silver mine, Levi “Al” Hutton and May Arkwright built the Hutton building in 1906.


In depths of Atlantic, a quest for diamonds

Deep beneath this frigid stretch of the Atlantic Ocean, some of the world’s most valuable diamonds are scattered like lost change.


Burying gold in the Silver Valley: Mining family returns to Wallace to dig brother’s grave

When Andy Kannegaard died in 1995, it was only natural that his children would gather in his hometown of Wallace, Idaho to dig his grave themselves.Now, 22 years later, they …


100 years ago in near Butte, Montana: Nearly 200 feared dead in Speculator Mine fire

The shocking news of the day came from across the mountains: 193 miners were feared dead after a fire in the Speculator Mine near Butte, Mont. This “appalling calamity” was …


Limited experience noted among coal miners who died

Federal officials say seven U.S. coal miners have died in accidents so far this year, compared with eight deaths all last year, most involving miners with less than one year …