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Today, our Reporter Roundtable has all the news you need to know from the past week, including Idaho’s first vote-by-mail election, an outbreak of coronavirus at the Nez Perce Reservation, what an outbreak at a food processing plant means for the state's response to COVID-19, our low testing rate and a push for tourists to return (safely). 

Idaho Gold Mine, Yellow Pine Pit
Courtesy Midas Gold Corp.

A federal judge in Idaho has denied a mining company’s request to push pause on a lawsuit brought by a Native American tribe while a potential project undergoes environmental review.

MIDAS GOLD

This interview was originally broadcast October 29, 2018.

The Stibnite Mining District is loaded with gold, silver, tungsten and antimony. The region had been heavily mined for decades and just as heavily polluted. Operations stopped in 1997 and 12 years later, Midas Gold acquired the site and began to look at ways to resume mining operations in the area. The mining firm says it is committed to responsible and sustainable mining practices but conservationists are waryIdaho Matters looks at new efforts to harvest minerals at the Stibnite Mining District.

Midas Gold

The Stibnite Mining District is loaded with gold, silver, tungsten and antimony. The region had been heavily mined for decades and just as heavily polluted. Operations stopped in 1997 and 12 years later, Midas Gold acquired the site and began to look at ways to resume mining operations in the area. The mining firm says it is committed to responsible and sustainable mining practices but conservationists are waryIdaho Matters looks at new efforts to harvest minerals at the Stibnite Mining District.

City Of Boise

Boise will join nearly 60 cities on Monday, October 8, to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day. The observance will acknowledge the presence and contributions of Native American, Indigenous, and First Nations people of Boise. We'll speak with an Idahoan who successfully lobbied Mayor David Bieter to replace Columbus Day with this long-awaited observance.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making a high-stakes bet that it will prevail in a pending lawsuit over Snake River dredging.

The Native American Music Awards recognize indigenous musicians from the U.S., Canada and Latin America. It is considered to be the Grammys of Native American music.

Transportation, megaload
Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Twenty-eight members of the Nez Perce tribe, including eight members of the tribe's executive committee, are charged with public nuisance infractions for protests last month seeking to stop a "megaload" from traveling through the reservation.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the charges were filed Wednesday.

The national debate over oil development took an unusual turn on an Idaho highway early Tuesday morning. For two hours, members of the Nez Perce Tribe blocked the passage of a giant water evaporator headed for the oil sands of Alberta, Canada.

Working For Idaho's Extinct Coho Salmon

Dec 7, 2012
Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

The Northwest’s declining salmon runs have spurred marathon legal battles and inspired billions in spending to save the iconic species.

But Idaho’s coho salmon were never listed as endangered before they went extinct in 1987. Few people noticed when the fish were gone. But the Nez Perce Indian tribe did. And thanks to its extraordinary efforts, coho are once again returning by the thousands to Idaho waters.