Lucky Friday http://nwpr.org en Idaho Mining Family Sues Company For Deadly Cave-In http://nwpr.org/post/idaho-mining-family-sues-company-deadly-cave <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/04/041513JR_LuckyFriday_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The family of a silver miner killed in north Idaho has filed a lawsuit against the Hecla Mining Company. The suit claims the mine managers’ attempt to extract more silver caused the cave-in that killed Larry Marek exactly two years ago Monday.<p>The Mareks are a long-time mining family in Idaho’s Silver Valley. They say Hecla “placed profits above safety” when it decided to mine a chunk of supportive rock in a tunnel a mile underground at the Lucky Friday Mine. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:30:10 +0000 Jessica Robinson 25931 at http://nwpr.org Idaho Mining Family Sues Company For Deadly Cave-In Idaho Silver Company Says Mine Is Safer Since Accidents http://nwpr.org/post/idaho-silver-company-says-mine-safer-accidents <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/021913JR_LuckyFriday_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The owner of the troubled Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho hopes new safety upgrades will prevent future accidents. Hecla Mining announced Tuesday that it’s reopened the silver mine in Mullan, Idaho, after a year-long closure.<p>Hecla President Phil Baker made the announcement at a press conference in Spokane.<p>“It's nice to be able to give you guys a good news story.”<p>For most of 2011, it was bad news out of the Lucky Friday. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 01:12:02 +0000 Jessica Robinson 23010 at http://nwpr.org Idaho Silver Company Says Mine Is Safer Since Accidents Report Faults Mining Company For Fatal Accident http://nwpr.org/post/report-faults-mining-company-fatal-accident <p>A new report faults managers of north Idaho&rsquo;s Lucky Friday mine for an accident last November that killed a 26-year-old miner. It was one of two fatalities at the mine last year. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 00:06:23 +0000 Jessica Robinson 11922 at http://nwpr.org Report Faults Mining Company For Fatal Accident Family Of Killed Miner Says Company’s Decision Caused Collapse http://nwpr.org/post/family-killed-miner-says-company-s-decision-caused-collapse <p>Later this month, the Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho will begin rehiring workers. It closed seven months ago for federally mandated safety improvements. Inspectors took a sharper look at the mine after a series of tragic accidents last year. Now, as the mine prepares to re-open, the family of one dead miner is speaking out for the first time. The family of Larry Marek told correspondent Jessica Robinson they believe the company still hasn&rsquo;t taken responsibility for what happened. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:03:12 +0000 Jessica Robinson 11439 at http://nwpr.org Family Of Killed Miner Says Company’s Decision Caused Collapse Miner’s Family Wants Company To Take Responsibility For Death http://nwpr.org/post/miner-s-family-wants-company-take-responsibility-death <p>The family of a miner who was killed last year in Idaho&rsquo;s Silver Valley is speaking out for the first time. In interviews with public radio, the family of Larry Marek says the the mine&rsquo;s owner, Hecla Mining, hasn&rsquo;t taken responsibility for its role in the tragedy. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:59:02 +0000 Jessica Robinson 11438 at http://nwpr.org Safety Improvements On Track At Idaho Mine Where Two Died http://nwpr.org/post/safety-improvements-track-idaho-mine-where-two-died <p>Work crews are ahead of schedule on safety improvements at the north Idaho mine where two men died last year. That&rsquo;s the update today from the Hecla Mining Company, which owns the troubled Lucky Friday Mine. The federally mandated improvements have taken a bite into Hecla&rsquo;s profits.</p><p>Federal inspectors ordered Hecla to make a whole stack of safety improvements at its north Idaho silver mine. The biggest task is a top to bottom scrubbing of the mine&rsquo;s main shaft. Inspectors found loose cement on the wall of this 6,000 ft conduit that takes ore and people in and out of the mine. Tue, 08 May 2012 23:04:40 +0000 Jessica Robinson 7972 at http://nwpr.org Safety Improvements On Track At Idaho Mine Where Two Died Employment Up In Idaho’s Silver Valley As Miners Find Work http://nwpr.org/post/employment-idaho%E2%80%99s-silver-valley-miners-find-work <p>Laid-off silver miners in north Idaho aren&rsquo;t staying out-of-work for long. Around 250 miners and contractors lost their jobs at the end of last year when the Lucky Friday Mine was shut down for safety improvements. But since then, the Silver Valley&rsquo;s jobless rate has actually dropped two percentage points. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:39:02 +0000 Jessica Robinson 5717 at http://nwpr.org Employment Up In Idaho’s Silver Valley As Miners Find Work