Company Eyes Reopening Mine Near Troy
January 2004 by Bob AnezRevett Silver Company, formerly Sterling Mining Company, hopes to reopen a dormant copper and silver mine near Troy, Montana, in the next six months because higher copper prices have made the operation practical, an executive said.
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