Underground operations at the Galena Mine near Silverton, Idaho, have been temporarily suspended because of electrical problems with the hoist.
The hoist carries workers to and from the underground silver mine, and is also used to haul ore to the surface. The problems were first noticed during the Friday afternoon shift, and workers were sent home early, said John Jordan, the Galena’s general manager.
Mine electricians thought they had the problem solved, but operations shut down again when problems reappeared Saturday afternoon, Jordan said. The mine called in a hoist expert from Canada, who arrived Monday morning. In both cases where workers were sent home early, the hoist was able to transport them back to the surface, Jordan said.
In 2003, hoist problems shut down the Galena Mine for several months. This problem, however, doesn’t appear to be as severe, Jordan said.
“The analogy I’m using is that we’ve got a bus with a flat tire, and we don’t want to put people in the bus until the tire is fixed,” he said.
About 180 people work at the Galena Mine, which is owned by Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. Roughly 95 of them are miners or other employees whose jobs take them underground.
Appleway donates van to Team St. Luke’s
Dozens of children and young adults will benefit from a donation made Monday by Appleway Automotive Group of Spokane to Team St. Luke’s, a group of about 75 young people that participates in wheelchair athletic events.
Appleway donated a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban to Team St. Luke’s upon hearing that the van the team had been using since the mid-1980’s was too small and unable to haul trailers holding basketball, track-and-field and road-racing equipment, said Teresa Skinner, coordinator of the team. Skinner said the van’s restricted travel ability prevented her from picking up a donated trailer in Seattle and made the team unable to attend some events. Three athletes on Team St. Luke’s are competing for spots in the 2008 Paralympics.
“That’s going to open up doors for the athletes who want to take it to the next level,” Skinner said.
Team St. Luke’s is offered through Spokane-based St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute.
Pre-orders for Harry Potter book top 750,000
New York Barnes & Noble, Inc. announced Monday that pre-orders for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” have topped 750,000 copies, well ahead of the pace of the last Potter book, which came out two years ago.
“The Harry Potter series has shattered all records in publishing history, and the enormous amount of pre-orders to date confirm that the latest Harry Potter title will be the most popular yet,” Barnes & Noble CEO Steve Riggio said in a statement. “In fact, we predict that our pre-orders will top one million.”
The new Potter book, the sixth in J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series, is scheduled to come out July 16 with a first printing of 10.8 million copies.
Tokyo, Osaka world’s most expensive cities
London Japan’s Tokyo and Osaka are the world’s most expensive cities with London in third place, according to a survey released Monday. New York, the most costly of American cities, placed 13th.
The annual report released in London Monday ranked cities based on the comparative cost of more than 200 items including housing, public and private transport, food, clothing and entertainment.
For example researchers for Mercer Human Resource Consulting found a bus ride in London cost $3.66 compared to 51 cents in Prague, $1.83 in Dublin and $1.76 in Paris.
Surveys are conducted in 144 cities around the globe every March. All cities are compared to New York, which is automatically given a ranking of 100, Tokyo in comparison scored 135.
South America was home to the least expensive cities, with Asuncion, Paraguay the cheapest of all surveyed cities.
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