Hecla Mining http://nwpr.org en Penalties On Idaho Mine Still Unpaid Three Years After Miner's Death http://nwpr.org/post/penalties-idaho-mine-still-unpaid-three-years-after-miners-death <p>It's been over three years since a tunnel collapse at a north Idaho silver mine killed miner Larry Marek. Yet federal records show a series of federal penalties issued to the mine's owners still have not been paid. That’s because the company continues to contest them.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:42:28 +0000 Jessica Robinson 49723 at http://nwpr.org Penalties On Idaho Mine Still Unpaid Three Years After Miner's Death 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 Northwest Silver Mines To Remain Under Separate Ownership http://nwpr.org/post/northwest-silver-mines-remain-under-separate-ownership <p>Two of the most productive silver mines in the Northwest will remain under separate ownership after several weeks of corporate wrangling. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 23:39:04 +0000 Jessica Robinson 12981 at http://nwpr.org Northwest Silver Mines To Remain Under Separate Ownership Neighboring Mines Clash As Stakes Rise In Silver Market http://nwpr.org/post/neighboring-mines-clash-stakes-rise-silver-market <p>Every time you buy a smartphone or a tablet, you&rsquo;re buying a little piece of silver inside. The expected global appetite for more and more silver-containing technology has spurred a corporate clash over mines in a remote corner of north Idaho. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:59:45 +0000 Jessica Robinson 12504 at http://nwpr.org Neighboring Mines Clash As Stakes Rise In Silver Market 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 Miner’s Daughter Wants Company Held Responsible For Father’s Death http://nwpr.org/post/miner-s-daughter-wants-company-held-responsible-father-s-death <p>The daughter of a north Idaho miner killed in a tunnel collapse last year says federal regulators are failing to hold the company responsible. She says new fines do not do justice to her father&rsquo;s death. The federal government is proposing $360,000 in penalties related to an accident that killed Larry Marek. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:18:01 +0000 Jessica Robinson 9466 at http://nwpr.org Fines For Fatal Mining Accident Less Than Predicted http://nwpr.org/post/fines-fatal-mining-accident-less-predicted <p>The federal government is fining a north Idaho mining company $360,000 for unsafe practices that killed a miner last year. That&rsquo;s about a third of the penalties that were expected.</p><p>Last year federal inspectors said the Hecla Mining Company engaged in &ldquo;aggravated conduct&rdquo; when it allowed miners to extract silver ore from a mass of unstable rock. It happened about a mile underground at the Lucky Friday Mine near Mullan, Idaho. The practices led to a tunnel collapse that killed 53 year old Larry Marek, according to a investigation. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 01:13:54 +0000 Jessica Robinson 9443 at http://nwpr.org Fines For Fatal Mining Accident Less Than Predicted