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• Backdoor Wild Lands order
• PLP reports on latest dredge lawsuit
• Massive lands bill avoided
• No cap and trade for now
• RS-2477 rights affirmed

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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.

Oregon Anti-Dredging Bill


SB 765...would tax suction gold dredgers by charging a $50 annual fee for in-state dredgers and a whopping $2,500 fee for out-of-state dredgers for each county where the miner intends to dredge.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Forest Service proposes next step in Agenda 21
• 9th Circuit deals blow to small miners

Judge Denies Request To Delay Michigan Mine


Manderfield’s ruling opens the way for Kennecott Eagle to begin blasting. The company has declined to say when it will start. A spokeswoman said drilling would begin “in the coming weeks".

Time to File Claims in Southern California


Bottom line for you fellow miners: file your claims now in these areas or risk being forever locked out!

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Oregon passes SB 838
• Meanwhile, in California

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Hike in mining claim fees
• Hearing on suction gold dredging in California
• Interior wants mining reform

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