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Nearly 150-Year-Old Federal Mining Law Could Need Update

April 29, 2014 1:40 p.m.

Legislation that regulates mining was originally signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. Now, a Northwest politician says that law should be updated to deal with modern cleanup costs.

Water | Environment

Wash. Senator, Chefs Weigh In Against Pebble Mine

Jan. 24, 2014 6:51 p.m.

A Washington senator and a chef denounce the proposed for Pebble Mine at Bristol Bay, Alaska.

local | Transportation | News

Port Of Vancouver Expects Shipments From $2.6B Mine Company Plans

Aug. 22, 2013 8:10 p.m.

A global mining giant  is planning to spend $2.6 billion over the next several years on work at its Jansen mine in Canada's Saskatchewan province.

Water | Environment

New Law: No More Than 850 Gold-Mining Dredges Allowed in Oregon's Rivers

Aug. 15, 2013 10 p.m.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has signed a bill into law that will limit the number of small gold-mining dredges in Oregon's waterways.

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Oregon Geology And Mineral Industries Head Leaving For New Job

Feb. 10, 2015 8:55 p.m.

The long-time head of Oregon's Department of Geology And Mineral Industries, Vicki McConnell, is leaving at the end of February.

Communities | Politics | Water | Land use | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Oregon Gold Miners Face Limits If Lawmakers Don’t Act

March 4, 2015 2:30 a.m.

The Washington and Oregon legislatures are considering limits on suction dredge mining -- a technique that uses large floating vacuums to suck up rocky streambeds and sift out precious metals. 

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July 23, 2015 6:49 p.m.

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Mining Uncertainty: Laura Fritz In Focus

May 3, 2014 5:09 p.m.

Installation artist Laura Fritz talks about recent work. She's a recent recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship.

Science | Energy | Politics | World | Business | Technology | Think Out Loud

Conflict Minerals: The Human Cost of Consumer Tech

Jan. 9, 2014 8:30 p.m.

While the ubiquity of smart technology has led to greater awareness of human rights issues worldwide, obtaining the metals used in these devices often comes with a terrible human cost.

World | Think Out Loud

Survival In A Chilean Mine

Sept. 9, 2015 11:03 p.m.

University of Oregon Journalism professor Héctor Tobar spent months interviewing the thirty-three miners who were trapped in a mine in Chile 5 years ago. His book comes out in paperback this month.

Off-shore Minerals

July 11, 2013 5:20 a.m.

Mining Special

July 11, 2013 5:20 a.m.

Minerva Soucie

July 11, 2013 3:58 a.m.

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Mining For Gold In The Rogue River Valley

Feb. 4, 2013 3 p.m.

Kerby Jackson, a modern-day gold miner and historian, explains the history and legacy of gold mining on the Rogue River in Oregon.

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Farmers Market Finds: Flowering Broccoli & Miner's Lettuce

June 5, 2012 midnight

Now that farmers market season is in full swing, you're probably wondering what’s new and in season. But before you fill a basket with only spring classics like strawberries and rhubarb, consider trying miner's lettuce and flowering broccoli.

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Gravel Mine on Grand Island

Oct. 20, 2011 4:20 p.m.

Grand Island is located about 35 miles southeast of Portland. It's mostly home to a number of farms, but recently caught the attention of the gravel industry. Baker Rock Resources is applying to open a gravel mine on the Yamhill County island. Gravel experts say it's the ideal place for nearby towns like Salem, McMinnville, and Dayton to get the needed resource. Gravel is widely used to make concrete and asphalt, and is difficult to transport long distances due to its weight. But there are strict regulations on where companies can open mines, and Baker Rock is going through that permitting process right now. It is facing opposition from Grand Island farmers. They say it would destroy good farmland and heavily increase commercial truck traffic on the island. The Land Use Board of Appeals has ruled that the site meets the necessary standards, but Protect Grand Island Farms — the group opposed to the mine — is appealing that decision. Either way, Baker Rock must go through a second step before final approval to determine the mine's impact on the community.

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