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Fighting and Winning Without a Lawyer

This article may not be as interesting as someone describing a big nugget find in Australia...but right now the biggest obstacle to mining is our government.

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• Oregon passes SB 838
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Proposed Regulations for California Suction Dredging


One of the most asinine proposals in the SEIR is to require miners to state when and where they will be dredging. This information would be accessible to the public, which would make them prime candidates for getting their homes burglarized while they are out mining.

PLP Update


We now have supporters who are well known and connected in Washington, DC, and who state they will assist us in bypassing lower level staffers and getting us face-to-face meetings with Senators.

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Then I had one of my worst experiences as a prospector when I visited the US Forest Service office for this area.

PLP Update


We’ve heard from miners in Arizona about federal agencies closing off historic roads that provide access for miners, and we need your input.

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