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Ex-coal CEO Don Blankenship due to report to prison

A federal appeals court rejected a bid Thursday by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to remain free while the court considers an appeal of his conviction related to the …


About 30 builders buried in landslide in southeast China

A landslide in southeast China on Sunday buried about 30 workers at the construction site of a hydropower project, an official said.


Peabody, largest US coal miner, seeks bankruptcy protection

Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal miner, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday as a crosscurrent of environmental, technological and economic changes wreak havoc across the industry.


Lawsuit challenges approval of Spokane company-sponsored Montana copper, silver mine

Environmentalists are challenging U.S. Forest Service approval of a $500 million copper and silver mine in northwest Montana, citing concerns from state officials that it could drain surrounding waterways and …


Peabody Energy warns it may file for bankruptcy protection

The largest American coal miner, Peabody Energy, is delaying an interest payment due this week and warned that it may have to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.


Rich Landers: Reardan students debate salmon, dams, other natural resources issues

Unlike the “debaters” we’ve come to know on TV, a Reardan High School class is tackling natural resource issues without attempting to persuade, promote or ridicule. The students are researching …


Land managers capping open pipes, mining claim markers deadly to birds

Federal land managers have adopted a new policy aimed at capping pipes and plastic tubes on public lands that annually lead to the unintentional deaths of up to 100,000 cavity-dwelling …


Spokane County sells gravel pit, former SCRAPS animal shelter

Spokane County will receive nearly $400,000 in cash and 20,000 tons worth of gravel in a deal to sell a former gravel site to Central Pre-Mix as it moves its …


Montana mine gets conditional approval due to water worries

Montana environmental regulators have partially approved a major silver and copper mine proposed beneath a federal wilderness area, casting uncertainty over the $500 million project near the Idaho border.


100 years ago in California: Spokane actor dies in stagecoach fall during filming

From our archives, 100 years ago Leslie Reed, a well-known actor in Spokane, died during a motion picture shoot near Santa Barbara.


Movie review: ‘The 33’ is a formulaic telling of an amazing story

Going into “The 33,” we know a few things. We know it’ll be tense, and largely subterranean. We know it’s a bad-news/good-news story, in that order, about the 2010 mine …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago In an event with lasting repercussions for all Spokane nature lovers, John A. Finch, 61, pioneer Spokane mining man and businessman, died suddenly at …


Basalt mining permit sought

A property owner will try again to establish a controversial basalt mining operation on his 78 acres in western Spokane County. But Don Howell, a retired real estate agent who’s …


Hecla reports record silver production

Hecla Mining Co. produced a record 11.1 million ounces of silver last year and reported sales of more than $500 million, officials said today.


Gold Reserve awarded $740 million in claim against Venezuela

A Spokane mining company emerged as the winner in a multimillion-dollar dispute with Venezuela over the government’s decision to revoke the firm’s permits to build an open-pit gold mine in …


Australian mining company to drill near Idaho’s Hall Mountain

An Australian mining company will conduct exploratory drilling this summer on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests near the Canadian border. MMG Ltd. is looking for zinc deposits in the Hall …


UPDATED: Fri., June 20, 2014, 9:53 a.m.

Exploratory drilling planned at N. Idaho mountain

An Australian mining company will conduct exploratory drilling this summer on Forest Service land in Boundary County near the Canadian border.


Sunshine Mine accident victim identified as Nick Rounds

Nick Rounds followed his dad into Idaho’s silver mines, proud of the work and good wages that came with being a miner. “I know that my brother didn’t want to …


Teck American reopening Pend Oreille Mine

With zinc prices rising, Teck American Inc. plans to reopen the Pend Oreille Mine in northeast Washington by the end of the year. About 80 people are already working at …


Feds: Mine, grizzlies can coexist in Cabinet Mountain wilderness area

Building a silver-copper mine underneath the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness Area won’t jeopardize the local grizzly bear population, federal officials say. In an opinion issued this week, the U.S. Fish and …


Activist pleads guilty to poaching elk

POCATELLO – An outspoken critic of Idaho’s phosphate industry and its deadly impact on some animals has pleaded guilty to poaching two elk. Marv Hoyt, Idaho director of the Greater …


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 …


Rock Doc: Miners’ mercury still makes mark on environment

When I was a younger and more sprightly woman, I spent part of my life investigating unusual hot springs in rural California. They were salty and quite stinky springs out …


Work underway to close abandoned North Idaho mine shaft

A special state fund derived from mining profits will be tapped to close a dangerous, publicly accessible abandoned mine shaft on private land in North Idaho. But first, state and …


Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla posts third quarter loss

Hecla Mining posted an $8.6 million loss for the third quarter as precious metals prices slumped.


Materials smolder at Spokane smelter

SPOKANE — Heavy smoke coming from a Spokane smelter early Thursday was not a fire. Responding firefighters found smoldering materials and potentially toxic fumes at Global Metal Technologies in an …


Galena silver mine cutting workforce by a third

The Galena Mine will cut its workforce by about a third in response to plunging silver prices and high production costs, officials said Tuesday. Layoff notices are being sent to …


Judge nixes mining activity along Clearwater River

LEWISTON, Idaho — An administrative judge has rejected plans by hobbyist miners to set up suction dredging operations along a prized cutthroat trout stream in North Idaho.


Coeur d’Alene Mines moving to Chicago

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. will move its global headquarters to Chicago this year, leaving no company presence in Idaho, where it incorporated in 1928. Coeur has 65 employees in the …