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Efforts to rescue trapped miner continue

Larry “Pete” Marek, 53, was trapped by debris when part of the mine’s ceiling collapsed in his work area at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Company officials have not been able to …


Rescue crews dig for trapped miner at Lucky Friday Mine

MULLAN, Idaho – Hecla Mining crews were still digging Saturday evening for a miner trapped more than a mile underground at the Lucky Friday Mine. Company officials Saturday continued to …


Mining firm’s stock jumps 14% on earnings report

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. is having a strong day on the stock market, with share prices up 14 percent after the precious metals miner reported higher-than-expected earnings.


Mining firm pays $6.8 million for N. Idaho pollution

A big mining company whose activities polluted North Idaho’s Silver Valley must pay federal, state and tribal governments nearly $6.8 million in a settlement over natural resource damages.


Caldwell: China wants to keep coal trains running on time

Spokane is halfway to the millennium. That may not be a good thing.


High prices, booming silver industry bankroll mine’s expansion

MULLAN, Idaho – At the Lucky Friday Mine, a descent of nearly a mile takes only 2 1/2 minutes. You climb aboard the “cage” on the Silver Shaft, which operates …


Residents fear cleanup will hinder Silver Valley economy

KELLOGG – Too far-reaching, too costly. Another knock for the Silver Valley. That was the consensus of public testimony Monday evening at a town hall meeting on the U.S. Environmental …


Feds describe rock that killed miner

The falling slab of rock that fatally injured a worker at the Galena Mine on Friday was 4 1/2-feet long by 2 1/2-feet wide and 2 feet thick, federal investigators …


Early report says boulder killed Idaho miner

SILVERTON, Idaho – The falling slab of rock that fatally injured a worker at the Galena Mine Friday was 4 ½ feet long by 2 ½ feet wide and 2 …


Obama administration extends roadless moratorium

The Obama administration is extending for another year the moratorium on most logging and mining in millions of acres of remote and rugged sections of national forests.


Appeals hobbled safety enforcement

WASHINGTON – The company that operated the West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 miners this month was able to “game the system” by using a lengthy appeals …


Rescuers hold ‘sliver of hope’

MONTCOAL, W.Va. – Emergency teams stepped up a desperate rescue effort Wednesday despite fading hopes of finding any survivors two days after a devastating explosion killed at least 25 coal …


West Virginia mine violated safety rules

JULIAN, W.Va. – The coal mine rocked by an explosion that killed at least 25 workers in the nation’s deadliest mining disaster since 1984 had been cited for 600 violations …


Blast in coal mine kills 25

MONTCOAL, W.Va. – An explosion at a remote coal mine with a history of safety problems killed 25 workers, and at least four others were still missing early today more …


Judge blocks Montana mining plan

BILLINGS – A federal judge on Monday blocked a proposal to dig a major new mine beneath a remote Montana wilderness area that boasts grizzly bears, rare trout – and …


Study denounces mining technique

WASHINGTON – A scientific study released Thursday says mountaintop-removal coal mining – the practice of blowing up mountain peaks to get access to coal seams below – should be halted …


Mining company claims settled

A small North Idaho mining company and a former executive have settled a series of stock fraud allegations brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Federal investigators accused penny …


CdA Mines reports record revenue despite deeper losses

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. Thursday reported record quarterly revenue from its highest silver production ever, and a tripling of gold production during the third quarter. But net income tumbled.


With profits up, Hecla ponders mine expansion

Hecla Mining Co., which Tuesday announced what one analyst called “stellar results,” could decide next spring whether to proceed with a $150 million to $200 million expansion of its Lucky …


Venezuela closer to seizing Spokane company’s mine

The Venezuelan government has moved closer to seizing a gold and copper claim owned by Gold Reserve Inc., which last week asked an international arbitrator to determine the amount of …


Judge denies reversal request for mining rule

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A federal judge on Wednesday rebuffed the Obama administration’s attempt to reverse a last-minute Bush-era rule that allows surface mine waste to be dumped near streams. Interior …


Utah’s deep-coal operators face heavy regulation

HELPER, Utah – Two years after a Utah mine collapsed, entombing six miners more than 2,000 feet under a mountain and killing three members of a rescue team, the state’s …


Stricter scrutiny coming for ‘mountaintop’ mining

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration today will announce plans to tighten scrutiny of “mountaintop” coal mining, trying to reduce environmental damage from operations that shear off peaks and fill Appalachian …


Hecla Mining agrees to EPA fines

BOISE – The Hecla Mining Co. has agreed to pay $177,500 in fines for violating federal clean water laws at its Lucky Friday Mine in North Idaho. The Environmental Protection …


Officials move to overturn mine waste dumping rule

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration took steps Monday to reverse a last-minute Bush-era rule that allows mountaintop mining waste to be dumped near streams, saying it was bad public policy. …


Sterling Mining to file for bankruptcy today

Embattled Sterling Mining Co. expects to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, company officials announced Monday. Roger Van Voorhees, who was recently appointed president, said filing for bankruptcy will …


Mining firm weighs options

Sterling Mining Co. was expected to vacate its lease of the storied Sunshine Mine today, five months after ceasing operations and almost six years after it signed a 15-year lease …


Clay mine moving forward

BOVILL, Idaho – Plans are nearly complete for building and operating an open-pit clay mine near this Latah County town, a Canadian mining company official said. Lamar Long of i-minerals, …


Gold vs. salmon debated at GU

Students enrolled at Gonzaga University often sprout some of their roots on campus, but Lange Solberg, a third generation commercial fisherman, is sowing a homegrown international controversy. Solberg is taking …


Corrosive impact

METALINE FALLS, Wash. – Michigan’s automobile factories are more than 2,000 miles from the Pend Oreille Mine’s assay lab where Sally Dunn prepares zinc samples for testing. Yet Detroit’s pain …