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Cleaning Up Legacy Mines, One At A Time

Nov. 9, 2012 6:43 a.m.

There are thousands of old mines throughout the Pacific Northwest that have been abandoned for decades, but are still leaching hard metals.


Coastal Chromium Strip Mines Challenged

Oct. 14, 2010 11:01 a.m.

The Portland-based environmental group is contesting the permitting process for four different strip mines between the coastal towns of Bandon and Charleston.

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GOP Video Mines Cover Oregon's Troubles For Political Traction

June 19, 2014 8:17 p.m.

At first, Oregonians had to laugh with the rest of the nation over the many, many jokes made about Cover Oregon’s epic meltdown. But now, a political action committee for the House Republicans has a new campaign that seeks to make some political hay over the failed health care exchange by pointing the finger at state Democrats.

Voices Of Coal: The Coal Country Rancher

March 4, 2013 2:27 p.m.

L.J. Turner’s family started ranching more than a century ago in northeastern Wyoming. Turner has also lost access to 6,000 acres where he used to graze his cows. That’s where the mines are today.


EPA May Designate Oregon Mercury Mine As Superfund Site

Sept. 23, 2009 3:36 p.m.

One of the largest mercury mines in the Northwest is likely to receive federal Superfund status, according to an announcement Wednesday from the Environmental Protection Agency.

World | Business

Amid Economic Crisis, Mongolians Risk Their Lives For Do-It-Yourself Mining

Dec. 1, 2016 12:50 p.m.

Mining once boomed in Mongolia but as commodity prices fell, the economy tanked and companies went bankrupt. Unemployed men are taking over abandoned coal mines to extract what's left. Some have died.

Environment | Energy

As NW Considers Coal Exports, China Chokes On Coal-Fired Smog

Oct. 24, 2013 3:16 p.m.

As Oregon and Washington consider proposals to export coal, satellite images show heavy cover of smog over China.

Environment | Energy

Could Coal Exports Run Through Vancouver Port?

July 16, 2013 6 a.m.

An energy giant recently walked away from a coal export deal on the lower Columbia River. But the pursuit of venues where ships can load up on Asia-bound coal is not over. Could the Port of Vancouver some day trade in coal? It's not out of the question.


Morrow County Grills Candidates On Coal Future

April 27, 2012 12:58 a.m.

Candidates for Morrow County commissioner, state Senate District 29 and county surveyor met with community members Thursday evening at the Port of Morrow to talk jobs, natural resources, coal and budget issues facing the region.

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Bohemia Gold Mines

March 30, 2016 7:56 a.m.

The Old Drilling Rig

April 1, 2016 7:53 a.m.

Sarah explores a copper mines in Butte, Montana at the "World Museum of Mining."


Caddywhompus Announces New LP, Shares The Ecstatic 'Decent'

Feb. 2, 2017 4:33 p.m.

The New Orleans duo mines math-rock, frenetic punk and bombastic pop for a euphoric sonic boom.

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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.


Sunday Night Thread: The Week Ahead

Oct. 11, 2010 3:17 a.m.

Busy week ahead, particularly for new releases, which include familiar names like Belle & Sebastian, Sufjan Stevens, Old 97s, Badly Drawn Boy and more. Plus, an in-studio visit with Menomena as we hear the band play songs from the latest release Mines in front of a live audience. Oh, and ticket giveaways, too! Listen for your chance at a pair to next Saturday's Broken Social Scene show or this Thursday's album release show for Lovers. Join the conversation...


Oct. 28, 2014 8:16 a.m.

Martha makes a nourishing chicken soup, minestrone and veloute for a creamy spinach soup.


Nov. 23, 2014 9:16 a.m.

At the turn of the 20th century, the phonograph and the radio exposed the mountain people to new influences, and took mountain music across America. But times were hard, and Appalachia fell into an economic depression even before the rest of the country. President Roosevelt's New Deal was a great boon to the region. After the war, underground mines were mechanized, and miners were laid off. Throughout the 1950's, people flocked to the big cities in search of work. For those who tried to stay home, it became harder to hold on to their land.

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