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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017

Hecla Mining posts $69 million profit in 2016 on strong performance from its silver mines

Hecla Mining Co. had a turnaround year in 2016, reporting $69 million in profits from strong performances at the company’s silver mines.


Brimming toxic pit nears critical level after bird deaths

It was an unusual and unfortunate confluence of events: A larger-than-normal number of geese was making a later-than-normal migration over Montana when a snowstorm blew in at the wrong time …


Hecla Mining silver, gold production up sharply over 2015

Silver and gold production surpassed expectations for 2016, Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla Mining Co. said Tuesday.


Obama plan would bar new mining to protect chest-puffing grouse

The Obama administration teed up plans to block hard-rock mining on as much as 10 million acres in the western U.S. to protect the greater sage grouse, setting up a …


Montana says copper mine permit application is deficient

Montana environmental officials say a permit application for a proposed copper mine near a Smith River tributary is deficient.


Goose treated after drinking toxic mining pit water dies

A snow goose that was captured and treated last week after drinking the acidic waters of the Berkeley Pit has died and another is still recovering.


Snow geese deaths from mine pit number in the thousands

Montana mine officials say it’s likely that several thousand migrating snow geese died after landing in the toxic waters of the pit mine last week.


Meetings will discuss efforts to restore natural resources damaged by historic mine waste

Three meetings in North Idaho this week will discuss plans for restoring natural resources damaged by the release of historic mine waste in the Coeur d’Alene River Basin.


EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren’t stuck footing …


Idaho officials sell commercial properties for $17.3 million

Idaho officials have sold seven commercial properties for $17.3 million as part of a plan to get rid of politically contentious commercial real estate and use the money to buy …


Fight brewing over how U.S. plans to use public lands in West

U.S. government officials on Thursday finalized an overhaul of how they plan for oil and gas drilling, mining, grazing and other activities across public lands in the West.


U.S. moves to block mining near Yellowstone National Park

U.S. officials plan to block new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park as the Obama administration races in its last days to keep industry out of pristine and environmentally sensitive …


Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030

Canada is announcing a plan to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030.


Report: Workers trapped in mine collapse in southeast Turkey

Turkish media reports say a copper mine in southeast Turkey has collapsed, trapping a number of workers inside.


U.S. factory production improves in October

U.S. factory output rose slightly in October, aided by greater production of automobiles, home electronics and appliances.


Concrete company seeks to open sand deposit in Mead; residents rally against plan

Spokane’s Central Pre-Mix Concrete Co. wants to mine a sand deposit in Mead, but neighbors are against the proposal before the county hearing examiner


Crow, Montana settle dispute over taxing coal owned by tribe

The Crow Indian tribe and the state of Montana have settled litigation going back 38 years over whether the state can tax coal that is owned by the tribe.


Forest Service backs effort to prevent new mines in Methow Valley

The Forest Service is backing an effort to prevent new mining development in the upper Methow Valley, a popular tourist destination and an area targeted for salmon recovery.


No significant impact of mineral testing near Yellowstone

The state Department of Environmental Quality says a Canadian company’s proposal to explore for precious metals in a mining district north of Yellowstone National Park will not have a significant …


Bumpy road to Independence (Montana) best traveled on an ATV

Near Big Timber, Montana, where the difficulty of travel once contributed to the downfall of gold, copper and silver mines, folks now visit for exactly that reason – to travel …


As Illinois’ coal country teeters on brink, next president may tip balance

Illinois mining companies have shed more than 1,200 jobs over the last year as strict new environmental regulations and cheap natural gas have encouraged utilities to drop their reliance on …


Lucky Friday miners picket over stalled contract talks

Miners in the Silver Valley picketed Monday outside the Wallace office of Hecla Mining Co. to protest lack of progress on a new contract for about 250 employees at the …


California court upholds ban on dredges to extract gold

California’s ban on the use of suction dredges to extract gold from rivers is legal and not overridden by a 19th century federal law that allows mining on federal land, …


Smelter must pay tribes’ legal bill, court says

The owner of a Canadian smelter must pay the Colville Tribes about $8.3 million for legal fees and environmental studies related to ongoing litigation over the smelter’s discharges into the …


100 years ago in Spokane: School district announces plan to vaccinate students for whooping cough

From our archives, 100 years ago The medical director of the Spokane Public Schools announced plans to vaccinate Spokane children against whooping cough.


Montana receives new proposal for gold mining near Yellowstone

A company has resubmitted its application to look for gold in Montana near the Yellowstone National Park border after state officials raised some concerns with the project.


100 years ago in Spokane: Sisters among those winning lottery for Colville Reservation land

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokesman-Review’s front page cartoon showed a man labeled “Mr. Nearly Every Man,” perusing the list of Colville Reservation land drawing winners. He had …


Hecla drops bid to take over Dolly Varden Silver

Hecla Mining Co. has dropped its bid to take over Dolly Varden Silver Corp., a small Canadian company with mining properties in British Columbia.


100 years ago near Kettle Falls: One man killed, another injured in mining accident

From our archives, 100 years ago Joseph Merk and George Pittman were working in the Silver Queen Mine, a few miles south of Kettle Falls, when they attempted to set …


Spokane County commissioners approve West Plains basalt mining

The unanimous three-member commission imposed some restrictions on Ron Calhoon’s mining plans, including a prohibition on blasting and crushing and a requirement for safety vehicles on-site.