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• Republican bill would reopen Grand Canyon withdrawal
• Obama recommends additional fees and taxes on miners

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Obama Administration Moves to Block Mining Near Yellowstone


Republicans and industry representatives have criticized the administration’s eleventh-hour actions to limit development and promised to seek their reversal once Obama leaves office.

Mining Community Loses A Great Leader: Gerald "Jerry" Hobbs


He certainly wasn’t afraid of a fight or a court battle, and he didn’t back away from calling out those who tried to compromise the rights of miners.

US Policies Holding Back Arizona


Washington’s decision to bar new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon and other federal policies on energy and resource issues are barriers holding back Arizona and its residents from prosperity, Governor Jan Brewer told a congressional hearing March 16.

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  • Budd-Falen in line to become next director at BLM
  • Ten national monuments slated for changes or reductions
  • California adds another fee

Lawsuit Update From the New 49'ers


Many of you are aware that we have been engaged in litigation with anti-mining activists that have been attacking us through the Karuk Tribe of California since 2003. It all started with their lawsuit against the US Forest Service (USFS), challenging that District Rangers do not have the authority to allow small-scale mining activities under a Notice of Intent (NOI) when the Ranger concludes that the mining activity is not likely to create a substantial surface disturbance.

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• US District Court rules against Oregon miners
• Bill to halt sage grouse management plans introduced.

Oregon Dredge Permit Litigation Update


In other words, just like those that move next to an airport and then complain about the noise, Mr. Riskedahl deliberately went out of his way to “witness and document the effects of suction dredge mining,” and when he found some, he was annoyed by it!

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