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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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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.

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July 23, 2015 6:49 p.m.

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Mineral Explorers

Nov. 23, 2014 9:13 a.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.

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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.

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.


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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Dangerous Year at the Lucky Friday Mine

Dec. 16, 2011 5:30 p.m.

The recent collapse at the Lucky Friday silver mine in Idaho left seven miners injured after a rock burst 6,000 feet underground. The mine has been fully evacuated and is closed until further notice. Wednesday night's accident was the third major accident at the mine since April, which have resulted in two fatalities.  Last week, the Mine Safety and Health administration released a report that criticized the mine's owner, Hecla Mining, for "not having policies and procedures that provided for safe mining," and "failing to design, install, and maintain a support system" that would have held up the rock that killed 53-year-old Larry Marek. These incidents, along with a second death last month, have raised questions about Hecla Mining's policies. OPB's Jessica Robinson has been following the events all year.

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