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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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Economic leaders, indicators point to potential for more good-paying jobs to boost Butte economy

Economic leaders, indicators point to potential for more good-paying jobs to boost Butte economy

BUTTE — Butte might never flash the boom-town badge it did decades ago when the “richest hill on earth” was indeed that.

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Land Board approves Signal Peak coal mine expansion

Land Board approves Signal Peak coal mine expansion

The Montana Land Board unanimously approved the 7,160-acre expansion of Signal Peak's coal mine on Tuesday, a move adding nine years to the mine's life.

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Guest opinion: Wyoming, U.S. get good value from coal

The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released its report on federal coal leasing. The report, while calling for more transparency and some process improvement, confirms that federal coal leases for Wyoming are being managed in a responsible fashion. Proper oversight by governme…

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Fragile growth

Fragile growth

Dale Nuttall, mine supervisor with Wyo-Ben, and Lyndon Bucher, environmental supervisor with American Colloid, examine vegetation on a reclaimed bentonite mine spanning the Montana-Wyoming border in 2012.

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Quality clay

Quality clay

Bentonite, known as the "clay of 1,000 uses," comes in a variety of qualities, each suited for a different use.

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Workforce training center opens in Rock Springs

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — Western Wyoming Community College officials say a new workforce training center will help to educate workers for the petroleum and mining industries.

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Stillwater Mining proposes more drilling in Beartooth Mountains

Stillwater Mining proposes more drilling in Beartooth Mountains

Stillwater Mining Co. is proposing to drill at eight more sites along the Beartooth Face, east of its existing platinum and palladium mine, as geologists try to get a clearer picture of ore deposits in the mountainside.

January 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Superfund cleanup of mine waste in Superior complete

MISSOULA — The last of the Superfund mine waste in Superior’s town limits has been cleaned up and removed, federal officials announced Tuesday.

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