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100 Years Ago in Spokane: Miners get more pay

Miners in the Coeur d’Alene mining district got a boost in pay from $4.25 to $4.75 per shift. The move was announced at a meeting of the principal operators in …


Giddings introduces bills on federal Superfund site and rights-of-way issues

State Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, had two bills introduced this week, dealing with the Bunker Hill Superfund site and federal land rights-of-way.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 6:37 a.m.

Silver Valley woman’s shrewd investing amassed $12M to benefit North Idaho communities

Through 40 years of shrewd investing, Margaret F. Galbraith turned a modest inheritance into a fortune valued in the millions. The Silver Valley native died in 2005, leaving a $12 …


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.


Silver Valley Miners march on one-year anniversary of Lucky Friday Mine strike

Steelworkers and their families took to the streets Saturday to mark what they say is the Idaho Silver Valley’s longest mining strike.


Getting the zinc out: Major cleanup project will improve health of the Coeur d’Alene River

A $48 million federal project to keep heavy metals out of the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River gets underway this spring. The work will be visible from Interstate …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 6:35 p.m.

In wake of McConnell Hotel fire, a town’s memories stir in the ashes

Many Kellogg residents Thursday struggled to wrap their heads around how the McConnell Hotel, a staple of Kellogg’s uptown, could have gone up in a blaze of heat so high …


Valley skies to roar with vintage engines

The Fourth of July sky will be filled with antique aircraft as the Radials N’ Rivers Fly-in 2017 comes to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, featuring planes from the Golden Age of …


I-90 bridge repairs underway in Idaho’s Silver Valley

Bridge ramps on Interstate 90 in the Silver Valley are undergoing repair work this year, which is causing a number of ramp closures.


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 6:05 p.m.

Canadian company says it wants to buy Bunker Hill Mine for $30 million

There’s talk once again of reopening the storied Bunker Hill Mine in the Silver Valley.


Huckleberries: What if they threw an election and hardly anyone showed up?

What if they threw an election and hardly anyone showed up? Does it still count? In Kootenai County, only 5.68 percent of the registered voters bothered to go to the …


Mining waste cleanup to create 400 summer jobs in Silver Valley

If you don’t like dump trucks, stay out of Idaho’s Silver Valley this summer. More than $20 million work of environmental cleanup work in the historic mining district this year …


Huckleberries: Wallace native’s book pulls back curtain on Silver Valley sex trade

Many in the Inland Northwest know enough about Wallace to snicker when the houses of prostitution are mentioned. Some can even name the last four houses to offer the sex …


Hecla Mining silver, gold production up sharply over 2015

Silver and gold production surpassed expectations for 2016, Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla Mining Co. said Tuesday.


Public meeting planned for North Idaho prescribed burn

Officials with the Idaho Panhandle National Forest are holding a public meeting to discuss a planned prescribed burn in North Idaho.


Lucky Friday miners picket over stalled contract talks

Miners in the Silver Valley picketed Monday outside the Wallace office of Hecla Mining Co. to protest lack of progress on a new contract for about 250 employees at the …


Juvenile hunter who killed grizzly goes before judge

A judge handed down a penalty Friday for a North Idaho teenager who shot and killed a federally protected grizzly bear last fall north of Wallace. The 14-year-old boy was …


Struggling Silver Valley reignites its fighting spirit

WALLACE – When a straight-talking, 41-year-old ex-pro boxer named Rick Welliver stood in front of a panel of Wallace decision-makers last year and said his dream was to revive the …


Union Pacific faces lawsuit over cleanup costs

A company that operated more than 20 mines in Idaho’s Silver Valley over the past century can sue a railroad that hauled ore to try to recover some of the …


Toxic cleanup set for 125 Idaho sites

Federal officials plan to spend $38 million in North Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene River Basin this summer cleaning up toxic pollution left from a century’s worth of mining in the region. …


Lead cleanup working in Silver Valley, official says

BOISE – Cleanup of mining waste in the most contaminated part of the Coeur d’Alene Basin appears to be working, Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality chief told state lawmakers Wednesday. …


Former Silver Valley lawmaker Shepherd dies

Former longtime state Rep. Mary Lou Shepherd, D-Prichard, has died at age 80.


Book Notes: Beeman set to share book of poetry

Linda Beeman’s poetry is set in the hard country of Idaho’s Silver Valley. In her chapbook of poems simply titled “Wallace, Idaho,” the Wallace native writes about mine deaths and …


Historic watering hole lost to overnight fire in Mullan

More than a dozen bars used to wet the whistles of Mullan steelworkers in the heyday of mining – now there is one. A fire burned the rickety Silver Dollar …


EPA eyes basin cleanup projects

Federal officials want suggestions for small-scale cleanup projects in the lower Coeur d’Alene River Basin, which is contaminated by toxic metals from more than a century of hard-rock mining in …


Hecla reopens Lucky Friday

Hecla Mining officials on Tuesday announced the company has resumed silver production at the Lucky Friday mine, which closed more than a year ago after two miners were killed and …


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 …


Kids Health Fair educates youth

As fall and winter approaches, the need is growing for kids to keep healthy and warm. Shoshone Medical Center Booster Club members are hoping they can help.


EPA to begin cleanup of Coeur d’Alene River Basin next year

After nearly three decades of talking and planning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to begin cleaning up mining waste in the upper Coeur d’Alene River Basin next year. …