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100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Car bridge over Columbia opens; striking miners return to work

The first auto suspension bridge over the Columbia River was opened near Chelan Falls, a few miles above Wenatchee.


100 years ago in Spokane: Stray dogs sought to chase rabbits; strike closes mines

The farmers of Wheeler, Wash., near Moses Lake, were willing to take stray dogs off the hands of the Spokane Humane Society and give the dogs permanent jobs as rabbit …


Idaho tribe sues mining company over pollution at idle site

The Nez Perce Tribe has filed a lawsuit to force a Canadian company to clean up an idle central Idaho mining area – which the company says it plans to …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 9:44 p.m.

Appeals court upholds Trump move to drop mine pollution rule

A U.S. appeals court panel has sided with the Trump administration, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that mining companies take financial responsibility for future pollution …


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

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.


Members of Congress oppose mining Skagit River headwaters

Nine of the state’s federal legislators have joined the swell of opposition against an exploratory mining proposal for the headwaters of the Skagit River in British Columbia.


100 Years Ago in Spokane: Miners get more pay

Miners in the Coeur d’Alene mining district got a boost in pay from $4.25 to $4.75 per shift. The move was announced at a meeting of the principal operators in …


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

Judge revokes water permit for mine under Montana wilderness

A state judge has revoked the water permit for a silver and copper mine proposed by Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla Mining Co. beneath a northwestern Montana wilderness area.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

Dennis Wheeler, former Coeur d’Alene Mines chairman, dies at 76

Dennis E. Wheeler, former chairman of Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp., died Tuesday at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where he had been receiving treatment for leukemia. He was 76.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

U.S. mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

U.S. mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 9:59 a.m.

Reviving the Bunker Hill: Company betting on historic mine runs into financial troubles

The Trump administration announced a deal in March that would allow the long-closed Bunker Hill Mine to reopen. But the Canadian company trying to restart mining operations has financial troubles, …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 6:19 p.m.

Company defaults on lease for Bunker Hill Mine, future of restarting mine in doubt

The company that hoped to reopen the Bunker Hill Mine later this year has defaulted on its lease-purchase option payment.


Zinke signs mining ban near Yellowstone park

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park after two proposed gold mines raised concerns the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 7:28 p.m.

Zinke expected to OK block on mining claims near Yellowstone

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has scheduled a visit next week to Montana, where he’s expected to finalize a proposal to block new mining claims on the forested public lands …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Bunker Hill Mining behind on payments to owners of historic Silver Valley property

Bunker Hill Mining Co. is behind on $400,000 in lease-purchase payments to the owner of the underground lead-zinc-silver property. The company has until Oct. 14 to make the outstanding payment.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Hecla Mining reports net income of $12.1 million in 2Q

Hecla Mining Co. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $12.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.


Dead Russian reporters researched mercenaries, mining in CAR

Three Russian journalists were investigating Russian military contractors and mining industries in Central African Republic when they were killed there, their editor said Wednesday.


Trump reversal of mining pollution rule challenged in court

Environmental groups challenged the Trump administration in federal court Wednesday over its rejection of an Obama-era proposal that would have required mining companies to prove they have enough money to …


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Sen. Maria Cantwell says governments should not be on the hook for coal mine cleanups

WASHINGTON – Congress should end a practice that puts the federal government and states at risk of paying for expensive coal mine cleanups when mining companies go bankrupt, according to …


Bitcoin mining company begins operations in Butte

A company created to mine for the digital currency bitcoin has begun operation at facility in western Montana.


Then and Now: Coeur d’Alene Hotel

A partnership between “Dutch” Jake and Harry Baer led to the construction of a legendary hotel in the early 1900s.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Lucky Friday miners vote against arbitration to end strike

Miners at the Lucky Friday Mine overwhelmingly voted against arbitration to end a strike that has dragged on for nearly a year.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 4:38 p.m.

Arbitration possible in ongoing strike at the Lucky Friday Mine

Hecla Mining Co. has agreed to binding, third-party arbitration to solve the strike at the Lucky Friday Mine. Union members will vote in March on whether to invoke arbitration.


Supco: Opportunity residents can pursue further cleanup

The Montana Supreme Court says residents living within a southwestern Montana Superfund site can move forward with their efforts to get the Atlantic Richfield Co. to pay for a better …


Court keeps ban on new mining claims around Grand Canyon

A U.S. appeals court has kept in place an Obama administration ban on new mining claims around the Grand Canyon.


U.S. moves to end ban on new uranium mining near Grand Canyon

U.S. officials said Wednesday that they have proposed ending the Obama administration’s ban on new uranium mining leases on public land outside Grand Canyon National Park.


Silver mine opponents ask Montana to suspend permits

Environmentalists have asked Montana regulators to suspend permits for two silver mines citing concerns over the track record of the president of the company behind the proposals.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

Lucky Friday’s silver production falls by 90 percent during 3Q

Even though the union workers at the Lucky Friday Mine are on strike, the mine is still producing a limited amount of silver.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

Feds plan to remove protections for 10 million acres of sage grouse habitat

The Interior Department said Thursday it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development.