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There are thousands of old mines throughout the Pacific Northwest that have been abandoned for decades, but are still leaching hard metals.
The author and Miami Herald columnist is known for pulling bizarre, true-life stories from the Florida papers and turning them into novels.
Locals in Jennerstown, Pa., are celebrating the grand opening of a coal mine and the estimated 70 jobs it brings. But the broad trends pushing the industry down are likely to continue, experts say.
local | Politics | News | OPB News BlogJune 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.
When Mary Jo and Mike Picklo bought their house in 2003, they expected to retire in it — until a coal mine opened across the street. They don't want it there, but they are nearly alone in their view.
State-run coal mines are shutting down in China's rust belt. Facing layoffs, miners are worried about their future — and in the absence of labor unions, are organizing to demand better treatment.
Kamila Shamsie's novel uses "Antigone" to tell the story of two British Muslim sisters whose lives are torn apart when their brother is recruited into ISIS.
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.
Sarah explores a copper mines in Butte, Montana at the "World Museum of Mining."
The New Orleans duo mines math-rock, frenetic punk and bombastic pop for a euphoric sonic boom.
A hearty Minestrone and a Stuffed Turkey Breast with prosciutto di Parma are prepared.
Sportswriter Steve Rushin's memoir of growing up in Minnesota in the 1970s is familiar territory, but Rushin mines it with irony and affection, working hard to capture the look and feel of the era.
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.
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...
Martha makes a nourishing chicken soup, minestrone and veloute for a creamy spinach soup.
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.