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Feds describe rock that killed miner

The falling slab of rock that fatally injured a worker at the Galena Mine on Friday was 4 1/2-feet long by 2 1/2-feet wide and 2 feet thick, federal investigators …


Early report says boulder killed Idaho miner

SILVERTON, Idaho – 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 …


Obama administration extends roadless moratorium

The Obama administration is extending for another year the moratorium on most logging and mining in millions of acres of remote and rugged sections of national forests.


Appeals hobbled safety enforcement

WASHINGTON – The company that operated the West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 miners this month was able to “game the system” by using a lengthy appeals …


Rescuers hold ‘sliver of hope’

MONTCOAL, W.Va. – Emergency teams stepped up a desperate rescue effort Wednesday despite fading hopes of finding any survivors two days after a devastating explosion killed at least 25 coal …


West Virginia mine violated safety rules

JULIAN, W.Va. – The coal mine rocked by an explosion that killed at least 25 workers in the nation’s deadliest mining disaster since 1984 had been cited for 600 violations …


Blast in coal mine kills 25

MONTCOAL, W.Va. – An explosion at a remote coal mine with a history of safety problems killed 25 workers, and at least four others were still missing early today more …


Judge blocks Montana mining plan

BILLINGS – A federal judge on Monday blocked a proposal to dig a major new mine beneath a remote Montana wilderness area that boasts grizzly bears, rare trout – and …


Study denounces mining technique

WASHINGTON – A scientific study released Thursday says mountaintop-removal coal mining – the practice of blowing up mountain peaks to get access to coal seams below – should be halted …


Mining company claims settled

A small North Idaho mining company and a former executive have settled a series of stock fraud allegations brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Federal investigators accused penny …


CdA Mines reports record revenue despite deeper losses

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. Thursday reported record quarterly revenue from its highest silver production ever, and a tripling of gold production during the third quarter. But net income tumbled.


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 …


Venezuela closer to seizing Spokane company’s mine

The Venezuelan government has moved closer to seizing a gold and copper claim owned by Gold Reserve Inc., which last week asked an international arbitrator to determine the amount of …


Judge denies reversal request for mining rule

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A federal judge on Wednesday rebuffed the Obama administration’s attempt to reverse a last-minute Bush-era rule that allows surface mine waste to be dumped near streams. Interior …


Utah’s deep-coal operators face heavy regulation

HELPER, Utah – Two years after a Utah mine collapsed, entombing six miners more than 2,000 feet under a mountain and killing three members of a rescue team, the state’s …


Stricter scrutiny coming for ‘mountaintop’ mining

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration today will announce plans to tighten scrutiny of “mountaintop” coal mining, trying to reduce environmental damage from operations that shear off peaks and fill Appalachian …


Hecla Mining agrees to EPA fines

BOISE – The Hecla Mining Co. has agreed to pay $177,500 in fines for violating federal clean water laws at its Lucky Friday Mine in North Idaho. The Environmental Protection …


Officials move to overturn mine waste dumping rule

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration took steps Monday to reverse a last-minute Bush-era rule that allows mountaintop mining waste to be dumped near streams, saying it was bad public policy. …


Sterling Mining to file for bankruptcy today

Embattled Sterling Mining Co. expects to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, company officials announced Monday. Roger Van Voorhees, who was recently appointed president, said filing for bankruptcy will …


Mining firm weighs options

Sterling Mining Co. was expected to vacate its lease of the storied Sunshine Mine today, five months after ceasing operations and almost six years after it signed a 15-year lease …


Clay mine moving forward

BOVILL, Idaho – Plans are nearly complete for building and operating an open-pit clay mine near this Latah County town, a Canadian mining company official said. Lamar Long of i-minerals, …


Gold vs. salmon debated at GU

Students enrolled at Gonzaga University often sprout some of their roots on campus, but Lange Solberg, a third generation commercial fisherman, is sowing a homegrown international controversy. Solberg is taking …


Corrosive impact

METALINE FALLS, Wash. – Michigan’s automobile factories are more than 2,000 miles from the Pend Oreille Mine’s assay lab where Sally Dunn prepares zinc samples for testing. Yet Detroit’s pain …


Teck Cominco makes layoffs permanent at zinc operation

Canadian mining company Teck Cominco has filed paperwork with Washington state that makes official the permanent layoff of 165 workers at its Pend Oreille zinc mining and milling operations near …


Plan keeps sediment at dam cleanup site

BUTTE – Officials say some sediment from the Milltown Dam cleanup may stay on site rather than being shipped to Anaconda. The issue is part of a recently proposed amendment …


Colorful history surrounds Silver Valley

Hercules. Galena. Lucky Friday. Star. Sierra. They sound like the names of racehorses, but in North Idaho’s Silver Valley everyone knows these are the mines that have shaped the area’s …


World lead demand pushes prices into record territory

SILVERTON, Idaho – A dozen years after being banned from gasoline, lead is making a comeback. Prices are near record highs. China can’t get enough of the ubiquitous gray metal. …


EPA is auditing Cataldo repository

CATALDO, Idaho – Federal officials are investigating whether the public received adequate notice and opportunity to comment on a hazardous-waste repository planned near Old Mission State Park. Two officials from …


Rumors of flood inundate Oroville

The world did not end in Oroville, Wash., on Thursday, but many residents panicked as rumors spread that the Similkameen River would surge and flood the town. About 2:45 p.m., …


Westmin To Close B.C. Copper Mine

Westmin Resources plans to shut down its Gibraltar copper mine in central British Columbia at the end of the year, putting 278 people out of work. The Vancouver company, and …