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Judge Rules Against Oregon Miner

A federal judge convicted Oregon miner Clifford Tracy of illegal mining while digging for gold on US Forest Service land.

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Small-Scale Miners Rock the Mining World


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The Juneau Goldfields


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Ask The Experts — Please tell me more about the Tullock II rule.


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Disturbing Trend: Federal Judges Disregard Mining Laws


Recently, a left-leaning Arizona federal judge, James Soto, who is an Obama appointee, shut down a proposed copper mining project for the flimsiest of reasons. He basically disregarded and rewrote federal mining law.

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