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Two fires in weeks trigger probe at mine

Investigators are looking into the cause of a second fire in three weeks at the Lucky Friday Mine. The underground silver mine near Mullan, Idaho, was evacuated at 7 p.m. Tuesday after a contract employee reported he smelled smoke.

Second fire reported at Lucky Friday Mine

Investigators are looking into the cause of a second fire in three weeks at the Lucky Friday Mine. The underground silver mine near Mullan, Idaho, was evacuated at 7 p.m. Tuesday after a contractor’s employee reported that he smelled smoke.

Smoke evacuates Lucky Friday Mine

The Lucky Friday Mine was evacuated Tuesday evening after an employee reported smoke in the underground silver mine.

Hecla Mining Co. settles Superfund cleanup lawsuit

The owner of Idaho’s oldest operating silver mine agreed to pay $263.4 million plus interest to clean up historic mine waste in the Coeur d’Alene Basin, resolving one of the nation’s largest Superfund lawsuits. Hecla Mining Co. reached the settlement Monday with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the state of Idaho. The settlement ranks among the top 10 cash awards in Superfund history, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Hecla agrees to Superfund settlement

The largest mining company in Idaho’s Silver Valley will pay $263.4 million plus interest to settle one of the nation’s largest Superfund lawsuits — one of the top 10 such settlements in history, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Silver Valley honors Marek

KELLOGG, Idaho – Larry "Pete" Marek was remembered Thursday as devoted family man and model miner, whose great strength made him a rock that others leaned on. Hundreds of Silver Valley residents filled the Kellogg High School Gym to pay tribute to Marek, who died April 15 during a roof collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine.

Investigation planned in miner’s death

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration will thoroughly investigate the roof collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine that killed an employee, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said today.

Workers recover miner’s remains

The body of Lucky Friday miner Larry “Pete” Marek was recovered Sunday afternoon, just hours after Hecla Mining Co. announced it had suspended rescue efforts because he likely had died in the April 15 collapse. The Coeur d’Alene company had been working 24 hours a day since the collapse trying to reach Marek in hopes he survived the cave-in and was trapped behind a massive rock pile. Weekend probes of the area indicated that was unlikely, though, and the rescue effort became a recovery operation.

Rescue efforts continue, still no sign of trapped miner

Rescue efforts to reach a trapped miner at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho are progressing, but becoming more difficult and time consuming as the tunnel deepens, Hecla Mining officials said.

Mine rescuers may drill second tunnel

Rescue workers are considering drilling a second tunnel as part of their efforts to reach a silver miner who has been trapped in the Lucky Friday Mine since a tunnel collapsed last Friday.

Camera shows no sign of miner

Day six of rescue efforts at the Lucky Friday Mine passed without any word on the fate of a miner trapped by a rockfall. Rescue workers were able to insert a video camera used by plumbers through a 180-foot-long drill hole to Larry “Pete” Marek’s work area. The tiny camera revealed a space amid the boulders and other debris that fell Friday night during a cave-in at the Mullan, Idaho, silver mine. But so far, the camera hasn’t captured any images of Marek.

Rescuers continue to probe mine

Hecla Mining Co. said rescue crews have started drilling a third bore hole into an open area behind tons of collapsed rock and debris in the Lucky Friday Mine. They hope to gather more information about the size of the open space, but rescuers still haven't found any sign of a missing silver miner.

Camera shows mine void

Rescue workers completed two bore holes into the rubble of Lucky Friday Mine on Tuesday in their effort to rescue a miner trapped since Friday. A camera fed through a 180-foot hole showed there is a void in the area, although the size or extent of the void could not be determined Tuesday night, company officials said in a news release.

Bore holes complete, still no sign of miner

Federal mine safety officials ordered the current rescue operation under way at the Lucky Friday mine suspended due to unstable ground conditions. Instead, rescue operations for a miner trapped in a cave-in Friday will commence from another part of the Mullan, Idaho mine, requiring 225 feet of digging.