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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

With a narrow vote, Lucky Friday miners union accepts contract after more than two years on strike

“By a vote of 86 to 78, the proposal has been accepted. The strike is over!!” the union, United Steelworkers Local 5114, said in a Facebook post Monday evening after …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Hecla Mining Co. plans to hire more non-union workers to return Lucky Friday mine to full production

After the union representing close to 200 workers at the Lucky Friday mine voted against ratifying a tentative agreement with Hecla Mining Co., the company says it plans to bring …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Lucky Friday Mine union members reject agreement with Hecla Mining Co.

Members of the union representing close to 200 workers at the Lucky Friday Mine near Mullan, Idaho, have rejected a tentative agreement with Hecla Mining Co. that would have ended …

Robert LaVenture: Hecla faces backlash for mismanagement from shareholders and communities

Please join the United Steelworkers, shareholders, environmentalists and elected officials to demand accountability from Hecla because workers, our families and communities cannot afford further mismanagement.

UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019

Shareholders file class action lawsuit against Hecla Mining Co.

Shareholders have filed a lawsuit against Hecla Mining Co. alleging the it provided misleading information about its Nevada mine operations.

Company in legal fight with Montana halts mine cleanup work

An Idaho mining company notified environmental regulators Tuesday that it was halting reclamation work at a closed silver and copper mine in northwest Montana, amid a legal fight with the …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017

U.S. OKs 1st phase of contested mine in northwest Montana

The federal government has approved the first phase of a proposed copper and silver mine in northwestern Montana, But it won’t consider approving full development of the operation until later.

100 years ago in Spokane: Super-rich woman announces surprise marriage

From our archives, 100 years ago The surprise marriage of Sara E. Smith to Ralston Wilbur was front-page news in Spokane.

Ken Vanden Heuvel: Reform 1872 mining law to protect wilderness

Two proposed mines endanger pristine corner of Kootenai National Forest.

Four miners sue Hecla Mining Co. over 2011 underground ordeal

Four miners who were trapped and injured two years ago during a rock burst at the Lucky Friday Mine are suing Hecla Mining Co., alleging that mine managers knowingly sent …

Silver miners who were trapped at Lucky Friday Mine file suit against Hecla

Four miners who were trapped and injured two years ago during a rock burst at the Lucky Friday Mine are suing Hecla Mining Co., alleging that mine mangers knowingly sent …

Miner’s family sues Hecla for Lucky Friday Mine death

The family of a miner killed in a tunnel collapse two years ago has sued Hecla Mining Co. Larry “Pete” Marek, 53, was crushed to death in a cave-in more …

Hecla won’t acquire U.S. Silver Corp.

Hecla Mining Co. won’t be acquiring a competing silver producer through a hostile takeover. Company officials announced this morning that U.S. Silver Corp.’s shareholders had rejected their cash offer of …

Miners to return to Lucky Friday

WALLACE – The closed Lucky Friday Mine will begin rehiring workers in July and should return to a full workforce by the end of the year, said Phil Baker, Hecla …

Hecla Mining Co.

For 05-09-2012

Hecla reports first quarter earnings of $12.4M

Hecla Mining Co. reported Tuesday a first-quarter net income of $12.4 million, or 4 cents per share, on revenues of $91.2 million. That’s down from a net income of $43.2 …

Repairs to closed mine will cost $30 million

Repairing and upgrading the Lucky Friday Mine’s main shaft will cost about $30 million, Hecla Mining Co. said Tuesday. Company officials expect to start repairs within a few weeks, which …

Hecla to bypass rock burst at Lucky Friday Mine

Hecla Mining Co. today announced that it is going to build a bypass at Lucky Friday Mine to take workers away from an area where a rock burst last week …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 15, 2011

Lucky Friday rock burst registers on seismographs

Three Lucky Friday miners remained in North Idaho hospitals this morning after a rock burst injured a total of seven miners on Wednesday night. The rock burst was strong enough …

Two injured in Lucky Friday Mine

Two miners were injured Thursday while working to expand the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho. One was hospitalized in critical condition, the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Hecla Superfund settlement approved

A federal judge has approved a $263.4 million settlement with Hecla Mining Co. that resolves one of the nation’s largest Superfund lawsuits. The money paid by Hecla will be used …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Miner’s body recovered from Lucky Friday mine

The body of Lucky Friday miner Larry Marek was recovered this afternoon after he was killed in a mine collapse on April 15, Hecla Mining Co. announced today.

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 …

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 …

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 …

Mine efforts continue

MULLAN, Idaho – Longtime Silver Valley miners said if Larry “Pete” Marek survived the Friday night rockfall that trapped him 6,150 feet underground, his hydraulic drill could supply him with …

Rescuers still advancing at Lucky Friday mine

Rescuers advanced another 2 feet through rubble in a tunnel at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho, according to the mine owner’s latest update.