Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Forest Service Gives Rock Creek Mine Preliminary Approval By Edward O'Brien • Aug 28, 2018 Kootenai National Forest / USDA Listen Listening... / 1:16 Forest Service Gives Rock Creek Mine Preliminary Approval The Kootenai National Forest approved the first phase of the Rock Creek silver and copper mine near Noxon on Tuesday, but the proposal’s fate remains uncertain due to a legal dispute with state regulators. Hecla Mining Co. Violated 'Bad Actor' Law, State Regulators Say By Edward O'Brien • Mar 20, 2018 U.S. Forest Service Northern Region (PD) Listen Listening... / 3:16 Hecla Mining Co. Violated 'Bad Actor' Law, State Regulators Say Montana regulators announced today that an Idaho mining company hoping to develop two mines in northwest Montana has violated state law; an allegation the company denies. Cabinet Mountains Mine One Step Closer To Approval By Edward O'Brien • Aug 3, 2015 Joel Sartore National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg USFWS (CC-BY-2.0) Listen Listening... / 4:14 Cabinet Mountains Mine One Step Closer To Approval A copper and silver mine for northwest Montana appears one step closer to approval and this worries Mary Costello.