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Constitutional Sheriffs Standing Up for Our Rights

Modoc County, California, is the latest county to use emergency powers to declare a state of emergency in order to take control of roads and trails away from federal agencies.

Legislative and Regulatory Update

• BLM to raise fees again
• Roadless Rule stands
• Suit filed over dredging restrictions in Washington State
• NWMA lends support
• California suction gold dredging lawsuits progressing

Legislative and Regulatory Update

• It's almost November
• Two federal land managers found guilty of contempt
• A chance to halt additional wilderness in Southern California
• Oregon mineral withdrawal
• A really good reason to get out and vote in Oregon
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Legislative and Regulatory Update

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

Legislative and Regulatory Update

• National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act
• CA suction dredging update
• Appropriations Bill addresses problems at EPA
• Bad science, worse policy

Legislative and Regulatory Update

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

Another California Assembly member, Jared Huffman, is attempting to ban dredging in the state on a more permanent basis.

Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Partial win for miners
• California suction dredging
• Feds continue to push for more public lands
• Idaho suction dredging

Colorado Mining Association Appeals Roadless Ruling

The Colorado Mining Association is asking the US Supreme Court to review a 2001 rule that largely barred new roads on 58 million acres of roadless areas in national forests.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update

• NEDC Surrenders in Oregon
• The California saga continues

Legislative and Regulatory Update

• CA Fish & Game Final SEIR
• Positive news from California?
• Still no results in Wisconsin
• Give us back our lands

Today's MSHA

We all know that it was never Congress’ intent to regulate gold panners and other individual mine operators through MSHA. In fact, I believe the concept of owner-operated mines with no employees was so strange a concept to the lawmakers that they never even thought there would be a need for such an exemption.
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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.

Judge Gives OK to Nevada Mining Tax Initiative

A proposed constitutional amendment to raise the cap on mining taxes can proceed as written, a state judge ruled March 14.

Legislative and Regulatory Update

• California suction dredging regulations
• Draft Coho recovery plan for Southern Oregon, Northern California
• Sage-grouse
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Revised Dredge Regulations Published for California—Pure Garbage

We can’t say it wasn’t expected. The California Department of Fish & Game released revised suction gold dredging regulations on February 17, 2012, and it’s obvious the agency wants to make life as difficult as possible for dredgers.

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Tucson-Area Mine

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by opponents of a Tucson-area mine that had accused the US Forest Service of violating two federal laws in its handling of the mine issue.

Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Our Federal Landlord
• One down, two to go
• Challenging timing windows in Washington State
• More roadblocks to mining

Feds Order Closure of Idaho Mine

Federal safety inspectors have ordered one of the nation’s deepest underground mines closed in northern Idaho following an investigation prompted by a series of accidents that killed two miners over the last year.

Legislative and Regulatory Update

• IBLA rules against miner for "late" filing
• Wyoming appeals roadless decision
• Mercury reduction program slated for California
• Oregon wilderness
• Oregon miner prevails in lawsuit against Forest Service and District Ranger
• Canada pulls out of Kyoto Climate Treaty


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