Stories tagged: mining
Tue., June 14, 2016, 12:01 a.m.
100 years ago near Kettle Falls: One man killed, another injured in mining accident
From our archives, 100 years ago Joseph Merk and George Pittman were working in the Silver Queen Mine, a few miles south of Kettle Falls, when they attempted to set …
Wed., May 25, 2016, 6 p.m.
Spokane County commissioners approve West Plains basalt mining
The unanimous three-member commission imposed some restrictions on Ron Calhoon’s mining plans, including a prohibition on blasting and crushing and a requirement for safety vehicles on-site.
Tue., May 24, 2016, 8:45 a.m.
Hecla Mining to buy Montanore silver deposit in northwest Montana
Hecla Mining Company plans to buy a major silver deposit in Northwest Montana that for decades drawn the interest of speculators and the ire of conservationists.
Mon., May 23, 2016, 8:38 p.m.
Neighbors cite roads, wildlife in opposition to proposed West Plains mining plan
Residents along Brooks Road, a lightly maintained gravel street on the West Plains, have spoken out against plans by Ron Calhoun to mine basalt on his 70-plus acres. Calhoun says …
Thu., May 19, 2016, 4:25 p.m.
Hecla celebrates 125th anniversary at famed Spokane mansion
Hecla Mining Co., the last of the pioneer mining companies in the Silver Valley, celebrates is 125th anniversary this year.
Thu., May 12, 2016, 1:07 p.m.
Ex-coal CEO Don Blankenship due to report to prison
A federal appeals court rejected a bid Thursday by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to remain free while the court considers an appeal of his conviction related to the …
Sun., May 8, 2016
About 30 builders buried in landslide in southeast China
A landslide in southeast China on Sunday buried about 30 workers at the construction site of a hydropower project, an official said.
Wed., April 13, 2016, 12:32 p.m.
Peabody, largest US coal miner, seeks bankruptcy protection
Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal miner, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday as a crosscurrent of environmental, technological and economic changes wreak havoc across the industry.
Mon., April 4, 2016, 11:17 a.m.
Lawsuit challenges approval of Spokane company-sponsored Montana copper, silver mine
Environmentalists are challenging U.S. Forest Service approval of a $500 million copper and silver mine in northwest Montana, citing concerns from state officials that it could drain surrounding waterways and …
Wed., March 16, 2016, 10:49 a.m.
Peabody Energy warns it may file for bankruptcy protection
The largest American coal miner, Peabody Energy, is delaying an interest payment due this week and warned that it may have to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Wed., March 9, 2016, 4:32 p.m.
Rich Landers: Reardan students debate salmon, dams, other natural resources issues
Unlike the “debaters” we’ve come to know on TV, a Reardan High School class is tackling natural resource issues without attempting to persuade, promote or ridicule. The students are researching …
Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, 2:40 p.m.
Land managers capping open pipes, mining claim markers deadly to birds
Federal land managers have adopted a new policy aimed at capping pipes and plastic tubes on public lands that annually lead to the unintentional deaths of up to 100,000 cavity-dwelling …
Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, 11:48 a.m.
Spokane County sells gravel pit, former SCRAPS animal shelter
Spokane County will receive nearly $400,000 in cash and 20,000 tons worth of gravel in a deal to sell a former gravel site to Central Pre-Mix as it moves its …
Fri., Feb. 12, 2016, 8:18 a.m.
Montana mine gets conditional approval due to water worries
Montana environmental regulators have partially approved a major silver and copper mine proposed beneath a federal wilderness area, casting uncertainty over the $500 million project near the Idaho border.
Sat., Nov. 21, 2015
100 years ago in California: Spokane actor dies in stagecoach fall during filming
From our archives, 100 years ago Leslie Reed, a well-known actor in Spokane, died during a motion picture shoot near Santa Barbara.
Thu., Nov. 12, 2015
Movie review: ‘The 33’ is a formulaic telling of an amazing story
Going into “The 33,” we know a few things. We know it’ll be tense, and largely subterranean. We know it’s a bad-news/good-news story, in that order, about the 2010 mine …
Sun., June 21, 2015
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago In an event with lasting repercussions for all Spokane nature lovers, John A. Finch, 61, pioneer Spokane mining man and businessman, died suddenly at …
Thu., May 28, 2015
Basalt mining permit sought
A property owner will try again to establish a controversial basalt mining operation on his 78 acres in western Spokane County. But Don Howell, a retired real estate agent who’s …
Wed., Feb. 18, 2015, 11:45 a.m.
Hecla reports record silver production
Hecla Mining Co. produced a record 11.1 million ounces of silver last year and reported sales of more than $500 million, officials said today.
Tue., Oct. 21, 2014
Gold Reserve awarded $740 million in claim against Venezuela
A Spokane mining company emerged as the winner in a multimillion-dollar dispute with Venezuela over the government’s decision to revoke the firm’s permits to build an open-pit gold mine in …
Sat., June 21, 2014
Australian mining company to drill near Idaho’s Hall Mountain
An Australian mining company will conduct exploratory drilling this summer on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests near the Canadian border. MMG Ltd. is looking for zinc deposits in the Hall …
UPDATED: Fri., June 20, 2014, 9:53 a.m.
Exploratory drilling planned at N. Idaho mountain
An Australian mining company will conduct exploratory drilling this summer on Forest Service land in Boundary County near the Canadian border.
Wed., June 4, 2014
Sunshine Mine accident victim identified as Nick Rounds
Nick Rounds followed his dad into Idaho’s silver mines, proud of the work and good wages that came with being a miner. “I know that my brother didn’t want to …
Thu., April 24, 2014
Teck American reopening Pend Oreille Mine
With zinc prices rising, Teck American Inc. plans to reopen the Pend Oreille Mine in northeast Washington by the end of the year. About 80 people are already working at …
Fri., April 4, 2014
Feds: Mine, grizzlies can coexist in Cabinet Mountain wilderness area
Building a silver-copper mine underneath the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness Area won’t jeopardize the local grizzly bear population, federal officials say. In an opinion issued this week, the U.S. Fish and …
Thu., Dec. 19, 2013
Activist pleads guilty to poaching elk
POCATELLO – An outspoken critic of Idaho’s phosphate industry and its deadly impact on some animals has pleaded guilty to poaching two elk. Marv Hoyt, Idaho director of the Greater …
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Four miners sue Hecla Mining Co. over 2011 underground ordeal
Four miners who were trapped and injured two years ago during a rock burst at the Lucky Friday Mine are suing Hecla Mining Co., alleging that mine managers knowingly sent …
Thu., Dec. 12, 2013, 4:19 p.m.
Silver miners who were trapped at Lucky Friday Mine file suit against Hecla
Four miners who were trapped and injured two years ago during a rock burst at the Lucky Friday Mine are suing Hecla Mining Co., alleging that mine mangers knowingly sent …
Mon., Dec. 9, 2013
Rock Doc: Miners’ mercury still makes mark on environment
When I was a younger and more sprightly woman, I spent part of my life investigating unusual hot springs in rural California. They were salty and quite stinky springs out …
Sat., Dec. 7, 2013
Work underway to close abandoned North Idaho mine shaft
A special state fund derived from mining profits will be tapped to close a dangerous, publicly accessible abandoned mine shaft on private land in North Idaho. But first, state and …