The Copper Cliffs mine and mill in western Idaho, owned by the Salt Lake-based Silver King Mines Inc. and Pacific Silver Corp., has been reactivated, according to Stuart R. Havenstrite, president and chief operating officer of the two companies.

He said copper prices increasing from 60 cents to $1.30 per pound in the last year assure a profitable operation of the mine, located on 1,700 acres of leased claims 40 miles northwest of Council, near the Hells Canyon Gorge in a mining district opened more than 100 years ago.The companies operated the open pit mine from 1972 to 1981, but falling copper prices forced the shutdown. During those years, one million tons of ore were mined and more than 15 million pounds of copper and 500,000 ounces of silver removed.