State lawmakers consider tougher financial oversight on hard-rock mining

Colorado senators gave initial approval to a bill this week that would make Colorado the first western hard rock mining state to ban the practice of self-bonding, a controversial financial surety...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Billionaires are on the hunt for new underground cobalt

A coalition of billionaires led by Bill Gates has thrown its financial weight behind a startup hoping to build a “Google Maps for the earth’s crust” to hunt for new sources of cobalt. The startup,...

DATE: March 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Regulation of Colorado uranium mining awaits U.S. Supreme Court decision

A case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court is creating uncertainties about the authority of states like Colorado to regulate uranium mines, such as one being considered for Weld County on the...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Denver suburb taps into inactive gold mine for water supply

AURORA – A Denver suburb has finalized an unusual deal to acquire water from an inactive gold mine. Aurora city officials said Friday the $34 million deal gives the city the rights to about 1,400...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Commissioners approve new gravel pit near Bondad

La Plata County commissioners approved a new gravel mine south of Durango near Bondad on Tuesday. Since 2014, Crossfire Aggregate Services , under an agreement with the Bonds family, has attempted...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Company that hoped to bring mining back to Silverton files for bankruptcy

Colorado Goldfields, the Denver-based company that attempted to revive mining in Silverton, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Colorado Goldfields was forced into an involuntary chapter 7...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ban on uranium mining outside Grand Canyon intact

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an Obama-era ban on new uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park, but the Trump administration could lift it. The 2012 Northern Arizona Mineral Withdrawal...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Agencies to close 25 abandoned mines on Alpine Loop

Twenty-five abandoned mines on the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway between Silverton and Lake City will be closed this fall in an effort to protect curious minds from wandering in and possibly getting...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico celebrates Independence Day with floats, music, art and food

Hundreds of people gathered in Rico on Wednesday for the traditional July Fourth parade, and to eat Navajo tacos and listen to the Four Corners Community Band. Rico residents and visitors honored...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Steve Fearn, co-founder of Animas River Stakeholders Group, dies at 74

Steve Fearn, one of the founders of the Animas River Stakeholders Group who was involved with multiple water boards, and who at one time owned the Gold King Mine, died last week at his home in...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cities seem inevitable; why save the small town?

Editor’s note: This story is part of the State of Change project, produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network. QUESTA, N.M. – The old mine isn’t far from downtown. After nearly a...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

La Plata County gravel mine loses permit, $45,673 financial warranty

A Texas-based company operating a La Plata County gravel mine had its permit revoked Wednesday and lost a $45,673 financial warranty. Company representatives have apparently disappeared and failed...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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