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1. Anniversary of Sunshine Mine disaster. A crowd awaits word on victims of a fire at the 4,800-foot level of Sunshine Mine in May 1972. File/The Spokesman-Review 2. Rescued: Miners Tom Wilkinson and Ron Flory (rear). File/The Spokesman-Review
Bonner County residents will have a chance Thursday to comment on ASARCO's proposed Rock Creek mine, a huge silver and copper mine to be located in Montana's Cabinet Mountains. A public hearing on the company's proposal and plan to pump mine waste water into the Clark Fork River will be at 7 p.m. at Sandpoint Middle School.
Environmentalists are rallying residents here to fight ASARCO's Rock Creek silver mine, saying the operation will pollute Lake Pend Oreille. "The issue is water. Period," said Diane Williams, a member of the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Coalition that has fought the proposed mine for years.
Denver-based Crown Resources Corp. Monday reported a loss in 1995, after showing a profit the previous year. During 1995, Crown lost $1.7 million, or 13 cents per share. That compares with a profit of $3.5 million in 1994, or 27 cents per share.
The Bunker Hill Superfund cleanup at Kellogg is still in business, at least for another week. Like the rest of the Environmental Protection Agency, the toxic cleanup effort was due to run out of money on Friday, said manager Earl Liverman.
Dick Osborne's first trip to the warm, damp underground took place at the Silver Valley's Galena silver mine. Dozens of years later, Osborne, now the head of metals giant Asarco Inc., laid out the details of how the Galena and its sister mine, the Coeur, will soon produce silver again. The Coeur sent miners home in 1991, the Galena in 1992, both because of low silver prices that dipped below $4 an ounce. For Osborne, this trip back into the Galena is no less adventurous than the first one.
Falling rocks killed at least seven gold miners on Friday at the Randfontein Estates mine, west of Johannesburg, mining officials said. The accident was the latest in a dangerous industry that saw 467 miners die last year, 394 in the gold industry. Marc Gonsalves, spokesman for the Johannesburg Consolidated Investments mining house, said seven miners were killed and several others slightly injured. He blamed the accident on a rock fall a half-mile underground. South Africa is the world's No. 1 gold producer, but a century of heavy mining has forced companies to dig deeper and deeper, increasing the risks of accidents.
A federal judge ruled Friday that operators of a proposed gold mine near Yellowstone National Park are violating the federal Clean Water Act by allowing acid drainage from old mines on the site. U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom also ruled that the Canadian mining giant Noranda Inc., is among those responsible for the pollution, rejecting Noranda's contention that tiers of corporate subsidiaries shield it from liability.
Echo Bay Mines received approval late Friday to develop the Lamefoot gold deposit at its Kettle River mine near Republic, Wash. The federal Bureau of Land Management gave the final go-ahead for the Lamefoot expansion. The project will extend the mine below the current 2,750-foot level to reach the base of the gold deposit.
Thirty-seven celebrities joined the opposition to a proposed gold mine near Yellowstone National Park on Thursday as a United Nations group headed for a weekend tour of the site. Former President Jimmy Carter headed the list of those voicing concerns about the proposed New World Mine in a letter to the World Heritage Committee of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
The comment period for the environmental impact statement for the proposed Crown Jewel gold mine in Chesaw, Wash., has ended and the companies involved said Wednesday that the mine could start production in fall 1997. The final environmental impact statement will take between seven and nine months to complete. Crown Resources Corp. and Battle Mountain Gold Co. will pursue permits for the property.
Spokane-based Pegasus Gold Inc. announced plans Thursday to expand its most promising gold mine, and reported progress in negotiations over pollution at its most controversial project. Pegasus will begin work on Phase II of the Mount Todd gold mine in northern Australia. The mine already produces 85,000 ounces of gold through its first phase, which will end production by late 1996.
When mining investors look at Buckhorn Mountain in remote Okanogan County, they see 40 tons of gold worth a half billion dollars. When environmentalists look ahead 10 years, they see a deep scar on the mountain, millions of tons of displaced rock, and streams laced with traces of cyanide used to flush out the gold.
After 12 years as a mine exploration company, Spokane-based Gold Securities Corp. has dropped the pick ax for the recycled clothing business. Gold Securities officials Thursday announced the company's merger into a subsidiary of Pure Tech International Inc. of New Jersey. Gold Securities shareholders now own 8 percent of Evolutions Inc. of Paramus, N.J. Evolutions produces clothes made from 100 percent recycled material.
The public will have more chances this summer to comment on the environmental impacts of a proposed gold mine in Okanogan County. Battle Mountain Gold Co. is proposing the Crown Jewel Mine for a site about three miles northeast of Chesaw. The company wants to start construction next year.
Spokane-based Gold Reserve Corp. said Friday that the Securities and Exchange Commission had approved the registration of shares to solidify the ownership of its major gold property. The SEC agreed to register 1.3 million common shares of Gold Reserve stock. The move buys out the minority interest in two Gold Reserve subsidiary companies, and the result is that Gold Reserve now owns all of the Brisas concession in southeastern Venezuela.
The Kensington gold mine project near Juneau, Alaska, Friday became a wholly owned and operated property of Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. The Coeur d'Alene-based company completed a previously announced purchase from Echo Bay Mines Ltd. of the half-interest in the project it did not already control. Kensington reserves are estimated at 2 million ounces of gold.
An Osburn silver mine that has exhausted the exploration efforts of at least two mining companies changed hands again Monday. Boise-based Sunshine Precious Metals Inc. bought the Silver Summit Mine and surrounding mine properties Monday from Consolidated Silver Corp.
FOR THE RECORD CORRECTION: The names of the victims who died in an abandoned mine Saturday are Stephen Novak, 28, Christopher Ost-Homstad, 22. Both names were misspelled Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Correction published on June 14, 1995. Jason Weatherred, Justin Bursch and Brent Molsberry went looking for two men who died in a Lakeview, Idaho, mine. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review
FOR THE RECORD CORRECTION: The names of the victims who died in the abandoned mine Saturday are Stephen Novak, 28, and Christopher Ost-Homstad, 22. Both names were misspelled on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Correction published on June 14, 1995.