The old Howardsville School at the Pride of the West Mill site is to be
moved to adjacent property owned by the San Juan County Historical
Society to clear the way for a dry stack tailings facility.
The effort to reactivate the Pride of the West Mill in Howardsville has taken a “gigantic” step forward, according to officials with Colorado Goldfields Inc., the dormant mill’s owner.
The staff of the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety on Friday, July 20, recommended conditional approval of an amendment to Colorado Goldfields’ permit for the mill that sets the stage for its reopening.
“We’ve talked for four years now about economic revival in Silverton and creating 200 or 300 new jobs,” said Colorado Goldfields President Stephen Guyer of Lakewood. “I think we’re through the door to make that happen.”
Company officials say the mill could employ 20 to 25 people once it is up and running, and will facilitate development of dozens of other jobs in the mining and trucking of ore.
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