The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) awarded Newmont´s Idarado Mining Company its inaugural 2006 Hardrock Mineral Director’s Award.

“All of this year’s award winners illustrate the BLM’s concept of sustainable development — maintaining current standards of living while providing for future needs,” BLM Director Kathleen Clarke said.  “Thanks to their efforts, the public lands will continue to provide a range of resources for present and future generations,” she added.  (more)

But it wouldn´t be “Newmont-like”, if you couldn´t also read stuff like  this:

The Town of Telluride has a long history of both cooperation and conflict with Idarado. (Telluridewatch)

As the people in Telluride know Newmont, they also pay attention to Newmont´s overseas Business practices:

“The Newmont Corporation pursues practices in a number of countries that bother me,” County Commissioner Art Goodtimes said. He cited in particular labor practices and methods of handling of mine wastes in Peru, Indonesia and the Philippines, which he said are not permitted in the United States or Canada. Goodtimes said that in a global economy a local government should not ignore the overseas activities of businesses with local operations. “My charge is to protect the health, safety and welfare of people, and that includes people who live elsewhere but who are in our market,” Goodtimes said. The minerals extracted by Newmont overseas are transformed into products sold at Wal-Mart, he explained. “I’m saying this now because I don’t want  Idarado to be blindsided,” Goodtimes said. (More at Idarado Story)

Read also about the meeting between Newmont President Dave Baker and residents of the Telluride region for a presentation followed by a question-and-answer period:

“I have to listen to this guy’s bullshit,” Miller responded, “and hear how great and responsible they are.” (More)