Governor Butch Otter - "The week began with a trip to the Silver Valley as part of our response to the recent decision by the federal government to close the Lucky Friday Mine near Wallace.
I traveled north to listen to Shoshone County residents' concerns and address their questions. I met with local city and county leaders as well as representative of Hecla Mining, which owns the Lucky Friday.
The company independently decided to close the mine for safety sake and to investigate when a "rock burst" occurred in one of the mine's shafts on December 14. Then this month, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration ("MSHA") issued an order closing the mine. Hecla is working with MSHA to finalize the investigation and lift the closure order.
My administration is doing all it can to ensure the mine resumes safe operation, achieving the best possible outcome for the community. As Governor, I am very pleased to see Hecla and MSHA working together to safely get more than 200 miners back to work."
Information via Governor Butch Otter Newsletter