ID Gov. Butch Otter holds meeting about Lucky Friday Mine closure

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by Cole Heath & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 23 at 7:19 PM

SILVER VALLEY, Idaho -- Idaho Governor Butch Otter held a town hall meeting in the Silver Valley Monday to discuss the recent closure of the Lucky Friday Mine.

Dozens were on hand to talk about the affect the shut down has had on the community.

At the meeting people shared their concerns about how the mine closure is affecting them, and asked the Governor to stand up to the federal government.

Laid off workers from the Lucky Friday, community members, and business owners all voiced their concern to governor butch otter. Among them were the pleas to have the governor reach out to the federal mine safety and health administration to re-address the Lucky Friday’s closure.

More than 200 miners and contractors were laid off earlier this month when MSHA shut down the mine to clean a major shaft.

Governor Otter says he's already taking the next step to get the government to hear what the Silver Valley has to say.

The Governor also met with the leaders of Hecla mining company. The Governor tells us Hecla has resources in place to put people back to work once the mine opens up.

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