Picks & Pans: Rattlesnakes in a Gold Camp
February 2004 by John AndersonLeon was leading the way as we hiked the trail out of North Canyon. Without any warning Leon leaped into the air. He had just spotted a big rattlesnake lying in the grass beside the trail.
It seemed that the preacher always gave the same answer to anyone who asked where his gold had come from. His answer was, “If you know your gold, you can find it. However, you will have to find it the hard way, the way I found it.”
"Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc., has emerged from a deep dark abyss created by an agency's bias interpretation of the law. We have made it known that those who make, pass and/or reject the law have generated travesties against our hard working underground gold miners."
In the meeting, we presented Ms. Skalski with the various court cases from the 9th Circuit Court on these settled law cases and she was mortified.
When my field assistant Jay Roberts and I entered the mine, it appeared as if someone just walked out of the mine, turned off the lights and never returned.
We have learned over the years, of course, that “previous development,” “roadless,” and “local support,” are in the mind of the beholder.
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