Stories tagged: silver valley
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 …
Mon., June 26, 2017, 9:05 a.m.
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 …
Mon., June 12, 2017
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.
Sat., June 10, 2017, 5 a.m.
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.
Thu., May 18, 2017
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 …
Tue., May 16, 2017, 1:48 p.m.
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 …
Wed., May 3, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
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 …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 12:09 p.m.
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.
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016, 8:57 p.m.
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.
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 4:19 p.m.
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 …
Fri., Feb. 12, 2016, 5:41 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
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 …
Thu., Sept. 4, 2014
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 …
Thu., May 15, 2014
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. …
Thu., Jan. 30, 2014
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. …
Fri., Nov. 29, 2013, 10:56 a.m.
Former Silver Valley lawmaker Shepherd dies
Former longtime state Rep. Mary Lou Shepherd, D-Prichard, has died at age 80.
Sun., June 9, 2013
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 …
Wed., May 15, 2013
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 …
Tue., March 19, 2013
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 …
Wed., Feb. 20, 2013
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 …
Wed., Nov. 7, 2012
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 …
Wed., Sept. 19, 2012, 2:49 p.m.
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.
Wed., Aug. 29, 2012
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. …
Fri., July 20, 2012
Blood-lead testing crucial for Silver Valley children
When Shane Stancik grew up near the old Bunker Hill Mine and Smelter complex, it was a magnet for neighborhood kids. He and his friends poked around the rusting equipment …
Thu., May 17, 2012
Silver Valley lead levels dropped dramatically
Much has changed in Idaho’s Silver Valley since the 1970s, when children living near the Bunker Hill Smelter complex averaged 65 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. The rates …
Wed., Feb. 22, 2012, 6:43 a.m.
2 dead in weekend shooting in Pinehurst
PINEHURST, Idaho — The Idaho State Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in northern Idaho that left a man and his son dead.
Thu., Feb. 16, 2012
Curtailed Silver Valley cleanup is ‘interim’ EPA plan
Three decades from now, Silver Valley residents could still be living in a Superfund site, under the federal government’s scaled-back cleanup plans. After an outcry from Idaho’s elected officials and …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2012, 1:06 p.m.
Idaho’s Silver Valley may have long-term Superfund label
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to scale back cleanup work in the Silver Valley comes with a catch: At the end of 30 years, the upper Coeur d’Alene River …
Fri., Jan. 13, 2012, 11:47 a.m.
Mine shutdown impact could exceed $25 million
A year-long closure of the Lucky Friday Mine could reduce income in the Silver Valley by more than $25 million, state officials said.