Mining

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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. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts and entertainment

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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

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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: July 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Environmental groups push EPA to hold mining companies accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Environmental groups are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to hold mining companies financially accountable for on-site damages at mines in a report released this...

DATE: July 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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By the numbers: Western coal mine layoffs

Being in an underground coal mine is like roaming around a city at night. By the dim light of a headlamp, miners peer down avenues speckled with lights that make coal seam tunnels look more like...

DATE: July 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Gold King Mine spill-related legislation inches forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the first anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill approaches on Aug. 5, legislation to help reclaim abandoned mine lands slowly moves through Congress, while Southwest...

DATE: July 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Pollution control systems added to Rico Argentine mine

RICO, Colo. – After last year’s Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, which dumped 3 million gallons of heavy metals into the Animas River, eyes turned to the Rico Argentine mine. The long-closed...

DATE: July 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Comments show overwhelming support for Superfund

The public comment period for the proposed Superfund designation north of Silverton closed June 13, and while it has taken a few weeks for responses to filter in, one thing is abundantly clear:...

DATE: July 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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New Mexico sues Colorado over Gold King Mine spill

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico is suing the state of Colorado, saying its northern neighbor should be held responsible for the contamination from a massive mine waste spill last year as well as decades...

DATE: June 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Flood study planned for South Mineral drainage

Next summer, the U.S. Forest Service will perform a flood study in popular camping areas in the South Fork Mineral Creek drainage near Silverton. As part of the Forest Service’s “5-Year Program of...

DATE: June 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business