Black Hawk crash kills 7 Americans and 4 Afghans; Taliban claim they shot it down : Black Hawk crash kills 7 Americans and 4 Afghans; Taliban claim they shot it down NATO forces said they could not confirm what caused Thursday’s crash and stressed that it was still being investigated. The Black Hawk was operating in support of an ongoing assault on the ground but initial indications were that it was not shot down, according to U.S. officials who spoke anonymously because the investigation was continuing. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said insurgent fighters struck the helicopter in Kandahar province on Thursday morning. He declined to give further details in a phone call with The Associated Press. The Kandahar provincial government backed the Taliban claim. It said the helicopter was shot down in Shah Wali Kot district, a rural area north of Kandahar city where insurgents move freely and regularly launch attacks. Provincial spokesman Ahmad Jawed Faisal did not provide details or say how the province had confirmed the information.
Gravel mine halted near historic North Dakota ranch: Gravel mine halted near historic North Dakota ranch BISMARCK, N.D. | Development of a gravel mine near the site of Theodore Roosevelt's historic Badlands ranch in western North Dakota will not continue, a Montana businessman said Wednesday. Roger Lothspeich of Miles City, Mont., told The Associated Press that he signed an agreement Wednesday with the U.S. Forest Service to work out an exchange for other federal land or mineral rights at a different location. Forest Service district ranger Ron Jablonski called it "a major change in direction" and said the agency is anxious to work with Lothspeich . He also said the exchange could be for other land or mineral rights on yet-to-be-determined federal land. "We are going to take a look at options for some type of exchange," Jablonski said. "This could include other federal land, other minerals or a tax break of some kind." The Forest Service purchased the ranch, next to Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch site, from brothers Kenneth, Allan and Dennis Eberts and their families in 2007. It cost $5.3 million, with $4.8 million coming from the federal government and $500,000 from conservation groups. The purchase did not include mineral rights.
Mining workshop offered here again | Fort Frances Times Online: Mining workshop offered here again | Fort Frances Times Online FORT FRANCES —After the success of last year’s “Mining Matters” workshop here, Rainy River Resources once again is sponsoring the free seminar next month for youths and adults interested in learning more about geology. “It’s a really important initiative,” said Kyle Stanfield, the company’s vice-president of environment and sustainability, noting plans for developing a gold mine in Blackhawk, north of Barwick , are moving “full-steam ahead.” “We want locals to learn about rocks, minerals, metals, and mining in a hands-on environment, and understand a little more about the industry,” Stanfield explained, adding a lot of people don’t really know much about mining. “They sort of have an image of mining that is probably a little out of date,” he remarked. Stanfield said mining has come a long way from the “pick and shovel” technique—and in a short period of time.
Black Hawk Mines Bulletin | Preservation and promotion of mining ghost towns.: Black Hawk Mines Bulletin | Preservation and promotion of mining ghost towns. Black Hawk Mines Bulletin is all for the preservation and promotion of mining ghost towns that are widely being neglected across the world. We support historical sites and promote the rebirth of current mining ghost towns that still have a lot of potential in generating income and historical value. This blog regularly publishes news and details regarding mining-sites-turned-ghost-towns to educate people interested in history and to gather support for our cause from different parts of the world. Our group is presently working alongside other associations to keep ghost towns, like the BlackHawk , Colorado, in the map; perhaps, even to try and make them a tourist spot.