Stories tagged: mining
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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 …
Tue., Nov. 5, 2013, 9:35 a.m.
Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla posts third quarter loss
Hecla Mining posted an $8.6 million loss for the third quarter as precious metals prices slumped.
Thu., Oct. 17, 2013, 6:42 a.m.
Materials smolder at Spokane smelter
SPOKANE — Heavy smoke coming from a Spokane smelter early Thursday was not a fire. Responding firefighters found smoldering materials and potentially toxic fumes at Global Metal Technologies in an …
Wed., July 17, 2013, midnight
Galena silver mine cutting workforce by a third
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 …
Tue., June 18, 2013, 8:01 a.m.
Judge nixes mining activity along Clearwater River
LEWISTON, Idaho — An administrative judge has rejected plans by hobbyist miners to set up suction dredging operations along a prized cutthroat trout stream in North Idaho.
Thu., March 28, 2013, midnight
Coeur d’Alene Mines moving to Chicago
Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. will move its global headquarters to Chicago this year, leaving no company presence in Idaho, where it incorporated in 1928. Coeur has 65 employees in the …
Wed., March 27, 2013, 1:04 p.m.
Coeur d’Alene Mines moving head office to Chicago
Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. announced today it will move its headquarters to Chicago this year.
Thu., March 21, 2013, midnight
Hecla gets a pass on tougher oversight
Federal mine safety officials will not impose tighter enforcement on the Lucky Friday Mine in Shoshone County after Hecla Mining Co. demonstrated it has made safety improvements there. The Mine …
Fri., Dec. 21, 2012, midnight
CdA Mines may move to Chicago
Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp., a North Idaho institution for more than eight decades, may move its headquarters to Chicago. Company officials broke the news Thursday to employees in the Coeur …
Sun., Dec. 9, 2012, midnight
Forest Service sees no harm in mining near St. Helens
LONGVIEW, Wash. – A mining company can prospect for gold, copper and other minerals near Mount St. Helens, the U.S. Forest Service said. Drilling planned 12 miles north of the …
Thu., Nov. 29, 2012, midnight
Lucky Friday Mine to be tightly controlled
When it resumes operations early next year, the Lucky Friday Mine in Shoshone County will be under tighter health and safety controls imposed by the federal government. The Mine Safety …
Sun., Nov. 18, 2012, midnight
Groups confront Idaho roadless rule
A coalition of environmental groups filed arguments last week before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Portland in an ongoing effort to repeal the Idaho roadless rule and …
Mon., Nov. 12, 2012, 11:12 a.m.
Feds outline Silver Valley cleanup in N. Idaho
COEUR D’ALENE — The federal government has released its implementation plan for the first 10 years of a massive cleanup of a century’s worth of mining pollution in Idaho’s Silver …
Wed., Nov. 7, 2012, midnight
Hecla to reopen Lucky Friday
Miners will return to the Lucky Friday Mine early next year, capping a yearlong shutdown at one of the Silver Valley’s largest private employers. Hecla Mining Co. said Tuesday it …
Tue., Nov. 6, 2012, 9:59 a.m.
Coeur d’Alene Mines posts loss, stock takes hit
Shares of Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. sank today after the company reported a net loss following lower production and sales of silver and gold.
Tue., Nov. 6, 2012, 6:29 a.m.
Hecla recalls workers to resume Lucky Friday mining
Hecla Mining Co. said today it expects to resume mining at the Lucky Friday Mine in the first quarter of 2013 and anticipates producing more than 2 million ounces of …
Wed., Oct. 31, 2012, midnight
Court: More info needed before company can mine
A Spokane Valley company will need to secure a more detailed water quality permit to develop a silver and copper mine beneath Montana’s Cabinet Mountain Wilderness. The Montana Supreme Court …
Tue., Oct. 30, 2012, 2:39 p.m.
Montana court voids permit for Rock Creek Mine
A Spokane Valley company has been dealt a setback in its effort to open a silver and copper mine beneath Montana’s Cabinet Mountain Wilderness.
Sun., Sept. 30, 2012, midnight
Out & About: Kid in driver’s seat for last youth hunt
OUTGOING – Daniel Kuhta, 15 (pictured above), ended his career of participating in youth upland bird hunting seasons last Sunday with a limit of pheasants at the Fishtrap Lake area. …
Sat., Sept. 15, 2012, midnight
Heavy metal cleanup finishing
The Washington State Department of Ecology is wrapping up the last of its planned heavy metals cleanup projects along the Spokane River. The projects, which started in 2006, are designed …
Wed., Aug. 22, 2012, midnight
Hecla acquires interest in Dolly Varden Silver Corp.
Hecla Mining Co. announced Tuesday it has acquired an interest in Dolly Varden Silver Corp., a Canadian firm with silver mines in northwestern British Columbia. Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla paid $3.2 …
Sun., July 15, 2012, midnight
Miner’s family still angry
Mike Marek was rolling up his water hose, about to make the last wrap, when it happened. “Loud thuds like, ‘Vvoof, vvoof.’ And instantly it’s just dust,” he said. The …