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Gold Rush Alaska Jimmy Dorsey at Explosives Academy

In this video you will see Discovery Channels Gold Rush Alaska ’s Jimmy Dorsey at the Northwest Explosives Academy. In case you have not heard Jimmy Dorsey is learning as much as he can about mining. He has/is attending a Mining school in Nevada. It looks like Jimmy Dorsey might be a player after all. He is now armed with knowledge and know-how. Should be interesting.

Northwest Explosives Academy

California Update: Booming is Allowed. (Conditions do apply)

From Dave McCracken:

A recent written letter from the California Department
of Fish & Game clarifies that booming is not subject
to the suction dredging moratorium, providing the activity
is not used to excavate material from the bottom of an
active waterway!

Booming is the term we use to describe when a suction
device is used to feed material into the recovery
system of a high-banker up out of the active waterway.

Read all about this great news, along with a wonderful
video-enhanced story about several of our members who
are finding ounces of gold with their high-banker.

This months Newsletter can be found at:

For those of you who are not yet members, please consider the
special half-price offer on Associate Membership that we are
extending to our Internet subscribers:

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All the best,
Dave Mack

The New 49er’s, 27 Davis Road, Happy Camp, California 96039, USA

Senate Bill 670 Setback

By Jerry Hobbs | PLP President

In a setback for suction dredging rights, Federal Judge Morrison England did not rule on the merits of the Public Lands for the People (PLP) vs. California Senate Bill 670 (SB 670) case on Feb. 26, even though PLP had the 1850 California Admissions to the Union which stated that the State could not interfere with the disposal of Federal lands. PLP felt that the State had relinquished its immunity rights on this particular issue.  This also moots the scheduled injunction on March 25.

There is no reason for us spend the time to attempt to second-guess Judge England’s motives for his decision, but I did feel that he already had his mind made up.

The alternative then, and now, was to file in State Court and file the case as a related case with the case on Hillman Karuk, and that injunction, to prevent the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) from issuing a permit. This case was before Judge Frank Roesch. We already know how much Judge Roesch likes miners.

Now Judge England, in the Federal lawsuit against SB 670 and the State of California, says that we have our remedy in State Court and again we will have to file a related case to the Hillman case going before Judge Roesch. We thought we should be heard in a Federal Court.

We will take a few days and mull over the direction we must go and move in that direction. We will update you as to what is decided but we have no intention of giving up. I apologize for not being successful on this Federal Court issue but no one can second-guess any judge’s reason for an unfair decision.

Thanks for you support and patience!


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