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Highlands mine could mean primary, secondary jobs for Butte

Highlands mine could mean primary, secondary jobs for Butte

BUTTE — At a time when local officials are trying to grow manufacturing in Butte-Silver Bow County, one of the area’s top prospects for adding jobs this year is in the sector that dominated for decades – mining.

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Business, labor groups preparing for legislative session

Business, labor groups preparing for legislative session

The upcoming state Legislature will be the first trip to Helena for Vu Pham, and he says he’s excited.

January 04, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Natural resources in Montana: Still the Treasure State

Natural resources in Montana: Still the Treasure State

BUTTE — While accounting for about only 3 percent of the Montana’s employers, agriculture, forestry and mining industries make up 12.5 percent of the state’s gross domestic product and almost 10 percent of work earnings.

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Lander, a mining town turned outdoor recreation hotbed, contemplates the revival of an old iron mine

Lander, a mining town turned outdoor recreation hotbed, contemplates the revival of an old iron mine

LANDER — Cale Case, the longtime state senator here, remembers the days after U.S. Steel announced it was closing the iron mine in nearby Atlantic City. An unbroken stream of ‘for sale’ signs lined Cascade Street, in the neighborhood where he still lives.

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Rock, steel, and bone: Montana Resources still riding record safety streak

Rock, steel, and bone: Montana Resources still riding record safety streak

BUTTE — Montana Resources is known for extracting precious metals. But one of the most valuable assets in the Continental Mine are the workers — a resource the company wants to protect.

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Stillwater scaling back work at Canada mine site

Stillwater scaling back work at Canada mine site

Stillwater Mining Co. is further scaling back work on a proposed precious metals and copper mine in Canada.

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A tape measure shows this narrow crack is around 22 feet deep.

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Schweitzer mining dispute claim goes forward

Schweitzer mining dispute claim goes forward

An expert commission will decide on a $10 million compensation claim from former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and other investors in a dispute involving a proposed silver mine, under a federal judge’s ruling that said the size of the claim was “more than suspect.”

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150 years ago, four weary miners discovered gold, which would lead to the founding of the Queen City

150 years ago, four weary miners discovered gold, which would lead to the founding of the Queen City

HELENA — The sound of gold nuggets ringing in a prospector’s pan on the night of July 14, 1864, rang in the birth of Helena, which grew from a mining claim into Montana’s state capital.

July 13, 2014 1:00 pm Photos

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Wall Street Journal reports Whitehall mine for sale; locals surprised at news

Wall Street Journal reports Whitehall mine for sale; locals surprised at news

BUTTE — An official with the Jefferson County Local Development Corp. said Thursday she is surprised about a media report saying Barrick Gold Corp. is looking to sell its Golden Sunlight Mine — Whitehall’s largest employer.

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DEQ: Water testing for copper mine will have no impacts

Proposed water testing for a planned copper mine near the headwaters of the Smith River would have no impacts on groundwater quality and minimal short-term effects on quantity, according to an environmental assessment released by the state.

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Schweitzer's group files claim in mining dispute

Schweitzer's group files claim in mining dispute

A group of investors that includes former Gov. Brian Schweitzer filed a $10 million compensation claim in federal court Thursday against a Washington state mining company.

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A network of wellheads dot the landscape

A network of wellheads dot the landscape

A network of wellheads dot the landscape Dec. 9, 2013, at UR Energy’s Lost Creek uranium project in Sweetwater County, Wyo.

May 28, 2014 5:49 pm
Schweitzer, others seek money for access to silver, copper reserve

Schweitzer, others seek money for access to silver, copper reserve

A group of investors that includes former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is seeking $10 million from a mining company in exchange for access to a huge copper and silver reserve — a move the company's chief executive said Wednesday was "extortion" and included a threat to stir up negative publ…

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Wyoming uranium producers bullish about future

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Despite a recent slump in prices, uranium producers in Wyoming are optimistic about the industry's future.

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Montana Mining Association memo takes aim at outfitter

Montana Mining Association memo takes aim at outfitter

HELENA — In a memo to its members, the interim executive director of the Montana Mining Association blasted an article in Field and Stream written by a former employee of a Bozeman Fishing outfitter and called on MMA members to consider booking with other outfitters.

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Rail delays hit Powder River Basin Coal

Rail delays hit Powder River Basin Coal

In one of the coldest winters in recent memory, the heating plant at the University of North Dakota was running out of coal.

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Stillwater Mining production up; VP resigns

Stillwater Mining production up; VP resigns

Montana's largest mining company says its precious metals production rose modestly while recycled metal volumes dropped sharply in the first quarter of 2014.

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Mining company meets with Smith River outfitters on its exploration plans

Mining company meets with Smith River outfitters on its exploration plans

HELENA — The company exploring near the headwaters of the Smith River for a potential copper mine met with river outfitters in Helena on Wednesday.

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Residents question safety of proposed rare-earth mine

Residents question safety of proposed rare-earth mine

SUNDANCE, Wyo. — Landowners living near the site of a proposed rare-earth elements mine questioned water quality, dust control and radioactive minerals at a meeting Monday night in Sundance.

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