U.S. Forest Service

DENVER (AP) The U.S. Forest Service approved construction of a road across public land to reach private property where a developer plans to build condos and restaurants at a remote Colorado ski area. The decision was the latest milestone in a three-decade battle between the developer and environmentalists over the proposed Village at Wolf Creek in the southwestern corner of the state.

Hudbay Minerals Inc. announced March 8 that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Section 404 Water Permit for Hudbay's Rosemont Project. Rosemont has already received the Final Record of Decision from the U.S. Forest Service, a process that involved 17 co-operating agencies at various levels of government; 16 hearings; more than 1,000 studies; and 245 days of public comment resulting in more than 43,000 comments.

Mining is part of Arizona's economic and cultural heritage dating back hundreds of years to when Native Americans plinked for turquoise and coal. Spanish explorers invaded the region in the 1600s looking for silver and gold to carry back across the Atlantic.

A private contractor and Wyoming Department of Transportation personnel are continuing temporary repairs of new cracks in WYO 296 on the switchback above the Chief Joe Slide area. The contractor, Geological Stabilization Inc., (GSI) of Grand Junction, Colo., completed repairs May 1 on the Chief Joe Slide.

In an announcement that indicates how a natural disaster can affect roadways for years, the Oregon Department of Transportation told the public to be ready for two weeks of delays on U.S. 395 south of Canyon City for special tree-clearing work. ODOT said its crews plan to bring down “hundreds of hazard trees” along the highway that were damaged by the 2015 Canyon Creek Complex Fire.

Energy Fuels Inc., a producer of uranium in the United States, announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for the expansion of its 100 percent-owned La Sal Complex of uranium/vanadium mines (the La Sal Complex).

Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex (UMBC) officials are reflecting on work already completed as part of the $47.2 million effort. The project's main goal is to remove roughly 1 million cu. yds. of tailings and mine waste to protect human health and the environment by minimizing direct contact with contaminants.

Eversource Energy and Northern Pass Transmission LLC (NPT), a subsidiary of Eversource Energy, announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) and approved the Presidential Permit for the Northern Pass hydroelectric transmission project that will allow NPT to construct transmission facilities at the U.S./Canada border in Pittsburg, N.H.

On a sunny summer day at Oregon State University, before an audience of researchers and representatives from the construction industry, a Knife River-owned ready-mix cement truck poured a batch of concrete. By all appearances the concrete looked similar to concrete poured at a construction site with one notable exception.

Weeks before the U.S. Forest Service announced the choice of owner-operator Larry Spiekermeier and Whitewood Transport to transport the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, Spiekermeier knew he and his company were strong contenders. But Spiekermeier couldn't tell anyone, not even his wife, Mary Ann, or their three grown children, they were one of several finalists.

Hecla Mining's proposed Rock Creek mine in northwestern Montana has received a boost from a recent federal government decision. The U.S. Forest Service will allow Hecla, one of the biggest silver producers in the United States, to build an adit and conduct an environmental evaluation, according to a report in local media the Flathead Beacon.