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Dredge Mining—Current Situation in Idaho

Tomten concedes the scenario of federal environmental agents swooping in on river dredges near historic mining towns like Idaho City, Rocky Bar or Placerville remains unlikely.

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Somehow the Bureau of Land Management seems to have forgotten that they work for the people.

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