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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.


Hecla Mining to buy Montanore silver deposit in northwest Montana

Hecla Mining Company plans to buy a major silver deposit in Northwest Montana that for decades drawn the interest of speculators and the ire of conservationists.


Neighbors cite roads, wildlife in opposition to proposed West Plains mining plan

Residents along Brooks Road, a lightly maintained gravel street on the West Plains, have spoken out against plans by Ron Calhoun to mine basalt on his 70-plus acres. Calhoun says …


Hecla celebrates 125th anniversary at famed Spokane mansion

Hecla Mining Co., the last of the pioneer mining companies in the Silver Valley, celebrates is 125th anniversary this year.


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

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 …