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Alaska Miners to Sue Department of Interior

The Alaska Miners Association announced that it will sue the Department of Interior to set aside Solicitor John Leshy’s “midnight” regulations designed to drive the mining industry out of business in Alaska.

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The Treasure Detective—Part III


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