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Emergency Dredging Closures in Washington State


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) issued emergency rules without public comment just prior to our publication deadline.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Lawsuits galore
• Suction dredging saga continues
• HR 1937 to streamline permitting, remove obstacles to miners
• Sage-grouse debate continues
• More National Monuments

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• WOTUS
• Sheriff withdraws Forest Service law enforcement authority
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MMAC & PLP Update


On July 4, we are reminded of the sacrifices our Founding Fathers made to establish this great country of ours, and in that spirit, the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) has created a draft Declaration of Miners.And MMAC has been hard at work writing a bill, with the unwavering support of several members of Congress, to reaffirm the rights of miners operating in traditional mining districts.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• California dredging update
• Favorable bills in Congress

Direct and Constructive Notice


It's a proven civil remedy to put an end to harassment by notifying a person who is either overstepping their authority, or failing to act as required, that they will be sued personally for an act or omission.
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Update on MMAC & PLP


Public Lands for the People is working on a Miner's Bill of Rights with the support of several members of Congress.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


Suction dredging court cases in California linger on

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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.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Positive bill passes House
• Anti-mining bill dies in Washington State

State Lends Help to County in Nevada Road Fight


Nevada’s attorney general for the first time is joining a rural county in a 15-year-old legal battle...

Utah Approves funds to Fight Feds


Republican legislators say the funding is necessary to protect state interests...
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Flurry of new bills in Congress
• Gold mining bills in Washington State
• Idaho suction dredging bill
• California suction dredging update
• PLP fundraising drive

Tasers and Mining Don't Mix


First, the US Forest Service does not have any authority to enforce or administer any “claim jumping” laws, period.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Comments needed on another BLM management plan
• AEMA joins with others in lawsuit asking court to set aside illegal settlement
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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.

Suction Gold Dredge Miners Win On Federal Preemption


Judge Ochoa went so far as to call the California permit scheme “unenforceable.”

Uniting The Small Miners


Have you ever wondered what it is going to take to stop the insanity of politicians and environmental groups from taking away our rights?
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Some positives in spending bill
• Judge puts brakes on the EPA in Alaska
• Judge to rule in favor of suction gold dredgers

Significant Progress for California Suction Gold Dredgers


It was a milestone day in the battle to maintain the rights of miners to dredge on federal mining claims in California.

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