Mining

NRC urges uranium miner to review all operations

Nuclear regulators are concerned that a Wyoming uranium mining company, which twice spilled nuclear waste in southeast Utah, may have a larger safety culture problem after it was issued nine...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bears Ears spares uranium over dinosaurs

BLUFF – What was left out of the new Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah is upsetting paleontologists, but relieving uranium miners. Paleontologist Rob Gay, of Museums of Western...

DATE: March 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mexico sues EPA, Sunnyside Mine owners

New Mexico filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court against the Environmental Protection Agency , its contractor and two Colorado mine owners over the Gold King Mine spill’s impact on the state. The...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Silverton, San Juan County say yes to Superfund

SILVERTON – A watershed moment was registered in Silverton on Monday evening as the Silverton Board of Trustees and San Juan County Commission unanimously supported Superfund status for the mining...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gold King owner says EPA forced access agreement renewal

The owner of the Gold King Mine said Monday the Environmental Protection Agency again forced him to sign an access agreement through 2016 for several private mining claims, prolonging a land...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

State disputes key part of EPA’s Gold King report

DENVER – Colorado officials say they didn’t endorse an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup operation that caused a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine, disputing a key claim...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton calling for federal mine funding

Local officials in Silverton are urging Congress to provide funding to address the long-term acid mine drainage from the many mines above the town. But they aren’t necessarily looking for Superfund...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stolen mine cart recovered, donated to Silverton museum

A historic uranium ore cart stolen from a mine on public lands in southwest Montrose County has been recovered and will be displayed in a Silverton museum. In October, 2012 law enforcement with the...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Horsemen present talk ‘Olga Little – Packer Extraordinaire’

The Journal The Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen will host a presentation by Wayne Schaaf on the history of his great aunt, Olga Little, at the Horsemen’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Elks...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts and Entertainment

Taxpayers to foot bill for Freda Mine cleanup

Taxpayers again must foot the bill for cleaning up a Colorado mine site previously operated by embroiled company Red Arrow Gold Corp. “We wrote a violation, and recalculated his (Red Arrow owner...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Court to settle dispute over N.M. pollution rules

ALBUQUERQUE – Environmentalists say New Mexico isn’t going far enough to protect the state’s limited groundwater supplies from copper mining operations. Regulators counter that the state has the...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

EPA point man during Gold King spill tells Ophir residents ‘Don’t get excited’ about yellow water

The Environmental Protection Agency on-scene coordinator whose orders last August ultimately caused the Gold King Mine blowout recently had some choice words about the people of Durango and their...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business