Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is scheduled to visit the Grand Canyon on Monday and could announce changes for mining claims near the park.Read More »
Deep within the canyon, a few miles removed from the mule trains of the popular Bright Angel Trail, Horn Creek creates a ribbon of green vegetation here before plunging toward the Colorado River.
But the handful of people allowed to camp in this splendid isolation receive a warning with their permits: Don’t drink the water when Horn Creek is flowing. It’s radioactive.
The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum near the State Capitol has closed a month earlier than expected. As the building's overseer, the Arizona Historical Society had originally planned to shutter the museum at the end of the school year.Read More »
The Bagdad Freeport-McMoRan copper mine dominates both the landscape and the town's collective psyche. Its fate determines whether the town is doing well or poorly. This is the quintessential company town — one where the company owns all the houses and businesses — and it exists expressly to serve the mine.Read More »
With prices high and backing in place from some of the world's largest mining companies, the hunt for copper in the American Southwest is experiencing a revival.Read More »
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission on Wednesday endorsed a U.S. Department of the Interior proposal to withdraw more than 1 million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon from mining for the next 20 years.Read More »
Public meetings are being held this week on proposals to address mining around the Grand Canyon.Read More »
Benson was established in June 1880 by the Southern Pacific and became an important maintenance center for the railroad and the shipping point for the Bisbee and Tombstone mines, neither of which was served by rail. The town was less than three months old when, according to the Tucson Citizen, “the first shipment of copper bullion from Bisbee (arrived) in Benson, where it (was) shipped to San Francisco.” It was transported to Benson by mule-drawn wagons, weighing 43,003 pounds.Read More »
Crews work to seal off mines abandoned mines in the Grand Canyon, trying to avoid damaging historic relics.Read More »
Mining drove this town’s economy when Lynn Heglie decided to open a restaurant here in the early 1990s.Read More »