Mines http://nwpr.org en 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 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 Public Radio Report Prompts Mine Agency To Change Procedures http://nwpr.org/post/public-radio-report-prompts-mine-agency-change-procedures <p>The federal agency that oversees the nation&rsquo;s mines says it&rsquo;s changing how it handles key documents designed to improve mine safety. The move was prompted in part by a public radio investigation on a fatal mine accident in north Idaho. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 01:13:30 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4136 at http://nwpr.org Public Radio Report Prompts Mine Agency To Change Procedures Investors Sue Idaho Mining Company On Heels Of Accidents http://nwpr.org/post/investors-sue-idaho-mining-company-heels-accidents <p>The company that owns the troubled Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho is now the subject of a new round of investigations. Only these don&#39;t come from mine safety inspectors. They&#39;re from the company&#39;s own investors. One group is even suing for what it calls &ldquo;fraudulent conduct.&rdquo; Fri, 03 Feb 2012 02:20:49 +0000 Jessica Robinson 2400 at http://nwpr.org Investors Sue Idaho Mining Company On Heels Of Accidents Miners’ Prospects Reverse Of Economic Downturn http://nwpr.org/post/miners%E2%80%99-prospects-reverse-economic-downturn <p>SILVER VALLEY, Idaho - They say the days when you could go from high school to a high-paying, blue collar job are long gone. But there are places in the Northwest where those days still exist -- that is, if you&rsquo;re willing to work a mile underground.</p><p>For gold and silver miners, it looks like boom times right now. Rising salaries, more job opportunities. Even a recent layoff in north Idaho doesn&#39;t look like other layoffs. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has this story on a job that&#39;s seeing the reverse side of the economic downturn.</p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 14:15:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 1992 at http://nwpr.org Miners’ Prospects Reverse Of Economic Downturn Silver Valley Slams Feds For Mine Shut Down http://nwpr.org/post/silver-valley-slams-feds-mine-shut-down <p>WALLACE, Idaho - Residents of Idaho&#39;s Silver Valley are outraged over a federal order that will put 250 local miners out of work for a year. They expressed their frustration to Idaho Governor Butch Otter Monday at a town hall meeting in Wallace. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.</p><p>The Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho is one of the deepest and most productive silver mines in the country. And in 2011, it had a string of accidents -&ndash; including two fatalities.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 14:08:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 1934 at http://nwpr.org Silver Valley Slams Feds For Mine Shut Down