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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, Dan Bender of the La Plata County Sheriff's Office takes a water sample from the Animas River near Durango, Colo., after the accidental release of an estimated 3 million gallons of waste from the Gold King Mine. The Navajo Nation's Department of Justice announced on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, has settled with two mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that sent wastewater downstream from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP, File)

Navajo Nation, New Mexico reach settlements over mine spill

Jan. 13, 2021 8:13 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice announced Wednesday it has settled with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that resulted in rivers in three western states being fouled with a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals....

Native American land activist Carrie Dann dies in Nevada

Jan. 11, 2021 2:22 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Carrie Dann, a Native American land rights activist, Nevada rancher and longtime leader of the Western Shoshone Nation, has died. Dann and her older sister Mary Dann, who died in 2005, fought with the federal government for decades over ownership of their ancestral lands in central...

Montana high court upholds block on mining near Yellowstone

Dec. 9, 2020 3:51 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that canceled state regulator approval of mining on private land north of Yellowstone National Park. The unanimous ruling found that state lawmakers violated the state Constitution with a 2011 law that prevented district court...

Rescuers locate 2 bodies at Nicaragua mine collapse

Dec. 5, 2020 8:37 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Rescue workers on Saturday recovered the bodies of two miners killed in the collapse of a wildcat gold mine near the border with Costa Rica, but as many as 13 others remain missing. The mayor of Río San Juan province said the bodies of two miners, aged 20 and 28, had been...

Nicaraguans search for miners buried after mine collapse

Dec. 4, 2020 9:24 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — An unregulated gold mine collapsed Friday in southern Nicaragua near the border with Costa Rica, leaving about 10 wildcat miners missing. Vice President Rosario Murillo said firefighters and rescue personnel were being sent to the scene in the hamlet of La Esperanza. Murillo did...

Idaho hikers, historians aim to uncover trail to gold mine

Dec. 1, 2020 5:42 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Historians and hikers in Idaho have teamed up to uncover a 120-year-old route used by gold miners that was partially rediscovered near Thunder Mountain, the Idaho Statesman reported. The Idaho Trails Association has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to survey three sections of the...

Government officials are seen at the sight of an abandoned mine where artisanal miners are trapped underground in Bindura about 70 kilometres northeast of the capital Harare, Tuesday, Dec, 1, 2020.  Artisanal miners illegally digging for gold in a disused shaft blasted a support pillar resulting in them being trapped. A government rescue agency says 10 miners are still trapped under the rabble with hopes of finding survivors diminishing after rescuers retrieved one body on Monday according to a government spokesman.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Rescue efforts slowed a week after Zimbabwe mine collapse

Dec. 1, 2020 12:46 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — Rains and flooding have slowed rescue efforts at a Zimbabwean mine where a shaft collapsed last week, trapping at least 10 artisanal miners. Hopes of finding survivors are vanishing and relatives camped at the site on Tuesday expressed their desperation for decent burials of their...