Hecla Mining Company 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. Montana Seeks Judge's Order To Ban Mining Company CEO By Matt Volz - Associated Press • Jun 25, 2018 HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana environmental regulators asked a judge on Monday to ban the head of a giant mining company from exploring or opening any new mines in the state until he is no longer in violation of Montana's "bad actor" law. 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.