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Action Alert to Save Motorized Gold Mining in Oregon! ( 05:15:18 TueJan 29 2013 )

Anti-mining activists have submitted very harmful anti-mining legislation to the Oregon legislature.

If these destructive bills are passed into law, it will put a complete end to suction dredge and all other forms of motorized gold mining along the gold-bearing streams for the entire State of Oregon!

These bills are being pushed by anti-mining activists who want to eliminate the last remaining productive economic activity on Americaís public lands.

Just at the time when we have figured out how to do some (limited) underwater suction mining in California, this is not the time for us to lose all of Oregon!

If we do not all pull together and kill these bills right now, we will find ourselves devoting years trying to overcome them through expensive litigation. We must flood the Oregon senate with very vocal opposition right now!

You can find all the important details right here


  
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Re: Action Alert to Save Motorized Gold Mining in Oregon! ( 19:22:17 TueJan 29 2013 )

Thanks for the information and support Dave. Will be making good use of the information you supplied.:thankyou: We will need all the help we can get to stop these bills from becoming law and ruining mining in Oregon too. :doublethumbsup:

  
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Re: Action Alert to Save Motorized Gold Mining in Oregon! ( 19:42:32 TueJan 29 2013 )

We need everyone to take part in this action alert folks.
Senator Bates is trying to take away our mining rights here in Oregon. This is not our first rodeo when it comes to this type of special interest actions.

Please take the time to write these letters !!:doublethumbsup:

  
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Re: Action Alert to Save Motorized Gold Mining in Oregon! ( 07:02:26 WedJan 30 2013 )

Hello fellow members,
this is terrible news,I do not know how much influence will be taken from my communications to them being an Australian,however I will try,I will go with the lost of tourism theme.
Do you think they will stop us from working this season ?
Chin up.
Kind regards.
Tom.

  
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Re: Action Alert to Save Motorized Gold Mining in Oregon! ( 16:05:05 WedJan 30 2013 )

Thanks Tom, for your efforts supporting our fight to stop this batch of bogus legislation that Bates and his supporters are trying to ram through into law. Every email and letter to the lawmakers will help to stop this mistake from happening. I understand that these bills will come up for a vote in the February 2013 time frame, but not sure exactly what the date will be at this time. To answer your question, only time will tell if we, as miners, have made our point to the lawmakers that will vote on those bills and have convinced them to vote NO as we think they will. :doublethumbsup:

  
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Re: Action Alert to Save Motorized Gold Mining in Oregon! ( 20:03:48 WedJan 30 2013 )

Hello from Florida,

This is my second email letter to all 30 Oregon senators on this dredge ban issue. Betsy Johnson replied apparently personally opposing the bans. Hope it helps.

Dear Chris,

Thank you for your email.
I will be opposing SB-115, SB-370 and SB-401.

Best regards,
Betsy
(503) 543-4046

From: Chris Handegard [mailto:chandegard@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 9:08 AM
To: Sen.HermanBaertschiger@leg.state.or.us; Sen Bates; Sen Boquist; Sen Burdick; Sen Close; Sen Courtney; Sen Devlin; Sen Dingfelder; Sen Edwards C; Sen Ferrioli; Sen George L; Sen Girod; Sen Hansell; Sen Hass; Sen Johnson; Sen Knopp; Sen Kruse; Sen MonnesAnderson; Sen Monroe; Sen Olsen; Sen Prozanski; Sen Roblan; Sen Rosenbaum; Sen Shields; Sen Starr B; Sen Steiner Hayward; Sen Thomsen; Sen Whitsett; Sen Winters
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Dear Senator,

I am currently a resident of Florida and have been making plans to relocate to Oregon for many months. One important reason for choosing your state for my new home is the respect for liberty and miners rights traditionally upheld in the time honored covenant of federal mining laws governing public lands. My plans included purchasing real estate and land to begin homesteading a farm as well as supporting myself by placer mining during the 2 month suction dredge season currently protected by law. Some legislators are apparently moving to ban even this extremely limited mining activity by the use of emergency legislation that will kill jobs, rob hard working miners of their constitutional right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and destroy the economic activity of miners that generates income for the state and communities surrounding said activity. I am strongly opposed to SB 1115, 370, and 401.

To do so in this emergency manner without undertaking any non-partisan, unbiased studies as to the real impact/benefits of suction dredging seems highly unethical and suspect to me. If claims of deleterious effects by miners are being tendered then by due process those being accused have the right to defend themselves by presenting evidence to the contrary. Why are there no compromising proposals being offered? Why are the beneficial facts pertaining to the removal of thousands of ounces of lead, mercury, and other toxic heavy metals performed by suction dredging every year not being mentioned for study? Where is the actual data on fish population and water quality? Where is the data pertaining to the deleterious effects of all the other human activity in and around said waterways? I have seen videos of juvenile salmon counting, in a History Channel documentary entitled "Traps" that shows a bucket brought ashore containing 3 live fish and 30 or more dead ones killed by the stress of being captured. Have you declared a ban on this deleterious practice? That's a pretty high kill ratio of baby fish being carried on by those seeking to ban suction dredging.

Not to allow those whose livelihoods you intend to extinguish a fair chance to defend themselves and state their case backed by third party factual data is what this legislation seeks to do. I find that to be unconstitutional, counterproductive, immoral, unethical, and will no doubt benefit many law firms with increased revenue that should have gone to individuals and the state by way of the hard work of miners and the money they spend into the economy in the process. While we, the citizens of this country, are becoming more and more aware of the corruption that taints our government at the highest levels, I for one still have hope that the legislators of the states themselves will prove to be the last best hope for America. Please don't let us down!

Please preserve the spirit of FREEDOM and LIBERTY by voting NO TO SB 115, 370, 401.

I would like this letter to be entered into the records and to be kept informed of the ongoing results as it has a huge impact upon my plans to start a new life in Oregon.

Respectfully,
John Christopher Handegard
2040 Galloway Trail
Wellington, FL., 33414

  
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Re: Action Alert to Save Motorized Gold Mining in Oregon! ( 22:56:30 WedJan 30 2013 )

Hi Dave and fellow miners, Have e-mailed all the Oregon Sate Senators requesting that they do not support SB115, SB370, and SB401. Would encourage all MY brother miners to do the same. JAB

  
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Re: Action Alert to Save Motorized Gold Mining in Oregon! ( 02:39:32 ThuJan 31 2013 )

Heleo fellow warriors,
I have done my bit and emailed all the Senators,it was a bit of a slog as my email server is playing up so I had to cut and paste every senators address,anyway here is a copy of my wee letter for youre perusal,I also sent a thank you to Sen Betsy Johnson
Tom.

Dear Senator,
It was with great surprise that I read of the proposed ban on motorized gold mining in the entire State of Oregon! Oregon ,I thought Oregon would be the last state to even contemplate this action given its rich and proud mining history,I would like it to be noted that I am most vehemently opposed to the actions proposed under Bills SB-115, SB-370, SB-401.
As an Australian Gold Miner I visit Oregon to undertake gold mining as a tourist and there are many others like myself who fly to Medford to have a gold mining experience in this beautiful state,I am certain that the loss of tourism would be obvious to the smaller business in a already depressed economy,I urge all to oppose the passing of these bills for the people of Oregon and the United States of America.
Kind regards.
Tom Henderson.

PO BOX 522
INGHAM
QUEENSLAND 4850
AUSTRALIA
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Re: Action Alert to Save Motorized Gold Mining in Oregon! ( 04:36:38 ThuJan 31 2013 )

Hi,
Just got mail from Sen,Thompsen and Whitsett they will both oppose these bills, I have sent thank you notes on our behalf.
Tom :doublethumbsup:
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Re: Action Alert to Save Motorized Gold Mining in Oregon! ( 20:03:47 ThuFeb 14 2013 )

another senator we can count on.

From the Desk of Senator Baertschiger:

Dennis,

Thank you for your input. Senator Baertschiger has lived in Josephine County for over 35 years. In that time he hasn't observed any issues with regard to mining that have not been able to be resolved on a case-by-case basis. The State of Oregon and the Federal Government already strictly regulate mining in Oregon. Based upon this experience and current legislation he canít see a reason to regulate the mining industry additionally.

Sen. Baertschiger will stand up for the rights of property owners and is not in support of outright bans on mining or limiting the rights of private property owners.

We appreciate your email. Thank you again for letting your voice be heard.

Michael Sellers

Chief of Staff

Senator Herman E. Baertschiger Jr.

Oregon State Senate, District 2

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Dear Senator,

Please oppose SB115, SB370 & SB401 (relating to placer mining and new scenic waterways) and SB388 (designate segments of 5 waterways (as State Parks?)) as its still part of Senator Bates's attack.
They unfairly target recreational prospectors and working class families summer vacations,it will hurt Oregon's already depressed economy, it violates the United States Mining Laws and it will destroy the Living Heritage of Mining that first settled much of Oregon there is no need for such a prohibition, and WILL cost the state of Oregon $$$ in court cases.

Thank You, Dennis Hebard




  
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Re: Action Alert to Save Motorized Gold Mining in Oregon! ( 03:17:39 FriFeb 22 2013 )

I commend you winner58 on your part of the fight. I've been reading up on alot of the forums and my eyes are opened to just how important some seemingly simple words and terms are turned aganist us. In Oregon the term "recreational" may pop up and bite us in the rear. I'd suggest just using the term "prospector" in future correspondance. I'll try to locate a thread that we could all learn from and post it in this thread. But briefly it all boils down to the States authority to regulate "recreational" activities opposed to regulating "professional" miners. A weekend miner (unless he throws away the gold in his pan) can consider himself anything he desires but the process of mining is just that...a professional ambition. If this was a simple war than ask yourself why the powers that be want to change the designation of rivers/streams/creeks from "recreational" to "scenic". I can also point out that the term in the 700 permit opens you up to regulation that are in the works with Fish and Game, BLM, etc. Let's all get smarter than our opposition and wipe the "pulled a fast one grin" off their faces....

  
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Re: Action Alert to Save Motorized Gold Mining in Oregon! ( 03:27:45 FriFeb 22 2013 )

Here's a link to the thread I was refering to, take special notice of the ninth post by bejay.:

http://www.goldprospectors.org/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=26218&title=gpaa-leadership-taking-a-stand-and-fighting-for-us

  
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Re: Action Alert to Save Motorized Gold Mining in Oregon! ( 18:40:01 MonApr 1 2013 )

I'm pretty alarmed with this new law. It seems like their is a coordinated effort from the BLM and Environmental groups such as the The Sierra Club, The Wildlands Network, and Earth First to block access to public lands. As seen in Agenda 21 and the Wildlands Project.

Here in Utah we've blocked them from passing the Wild Lands Policy, but it seems like the BLM moved ahead with their plan anyway - Orin Hatch and Rob Bishop discovered Bureau of Land Management guidance manuals that resurrect the controversial Wild Lands Policy killed by congress in April 2011.
Wild Lands Policy Resurrected

Dan Jones

Gold Rush Expeditions
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