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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 3A • • • Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer "The State's extraordinary scheme of Ajudge's ruling last week requiring permits and then refusing to essentially dissolved a2009 issue them ... stands as an obstacle to moratorium on suction dredge mining in California. the accomplishment"" of the full purposes Federal pre-emption .and objectives of Congress." prevailed Jan. 12 when San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Gilbert Ochoa Gilbert Ochoa ruled in favor of suction Judge dredge miners. San Bernardino County Superior Court The judge decided, "There is no triable issue of material fact on the issue of signed a bill to temporarily Once the rules are in place, federal pre-emption," ban the "destructive" form of Harn said he encourages the meaning federal law recreational gold mining California mining pre-empts state law in this known as suction dredging, community to dredge case. Other forms of mining responsibly as opportunities The ruling stated, "The (sluicing, high-banking, arise to get back in the water. State's extraordinary scheme panning, etc.) were not "Dredging has never been of requiring permits and affected. But the bill created known to harm fish when then refusing to issue them an uproar in the mining done properly and outside of ... stands as an obstacle to community because many spawning seasons," he said the accomplishment of theindependent miners said in an article published Jan, full purposes and objectives they have found the only way 13 on the ICMJ website. of Congress." to economically mine goldHarn told readers, The ruling will open up from most California streams "Continue to follow the 1994 discussions on new rules for is with a dredge, regulations regarding dredging. With its signing, the bill seasonal restrictions to avoid Suction dredges are placed an immediate damage to spawning beds powered by gas or diesel moratorium on all suctionand do not dredge in river engines that are mounted on dredge mining until the banks or stream banks." floating pontoons in streams. California Department of Jonathan Evans, toxics and A vacuum hose is attachedFish and Wildlife could endangered species to the engine, which the develop and implement newcampaign director at the operator uses to suction up regulations. Center for Biological the gravel and sand from the Some of the organizationsDiversity, said, "This bottom of the river, and people who backed thedecision has grave The material passes moratorium were the Karukimplications for through a sluice box where Tribe, Pacific Coast Californians' ability to heavier gold particles can Federation of Fishermen'sprotect our own waterways, settle into a series of riffles. Associations, Institute for wildlife and cultural The rest of the gravel isFisheries Resources, Center resources from destructive simply dumped back into the For Biological Diversity,mining." river. Friends of the River, The center made a Antidredging California Tribal Business statement on its website environmental activists have Alliance and The Sierra vowing to continue the fight said the resulting stirred-up Fund. against dredging. sediment is harmful to fish According toScott Harn, Karuk Tribe Director of and their spawning beds. editor and publisher of Natural Resources Leaf Advocates for mining ICMJ's Prospecting and Hillman said, "Suction rights say studies show the Mining Journal, negotiations dredging is a continuation of effects of recreational will resume Jan. 23 to, if the genocidal legacy of gold dredging are minor, and that possible, redefine the current miners that started over 150 dredging is often helpful to dredging regulations. This is years ago. We will continue fish by creating a betterlikely to include a permitting to fight and protect our habitat for them and process to help protect the cultural and natural dispersing nutrients, environment from resources." In August 2009, Gov. 'irresponsible mining He added, "In our view this Arnold Schwarzenegger activity, is far from resolved." Deadline extended for childcare provider stipend The deadline to apply for requirements for participants education staff to remain in the Plumas Early Childhood and applications are the workforce. The program Education Stipend Program available from the Plumasalso seeks to promote quality has been extended to Feb. 1. Early Education and Childeducation and care for young Stipends are available to Care Council. Contact children in Plumas County. local residents who teach in Pamela Becwar at 283-6500, Eligible participants may opt a state-funded preschool or ext. 5334, or pbecwar( for an academic or longevity provide home care as part of, stipend. Final calculation of the Family Child Care Home The ECE Stipend Program the stipends will be Education Network. is intended to provide determined by the available Applicants must be support for child care funds and number of licensed. Other specific providers and early program participants. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from KQNY! Join our annual KQNY Introduction to Yoga benefit 4 week series at the Yoga & Wellness Center in January and February (1/18, 1/25, 2/1 and 2/8). Proceeds benefit KQNY and you'll learn the basics of yoga to help keep you healthy in the new year! For more details, email Jane Steidel at or call her at 530-283-3536 Proudly Serving Plumas County Since 1992 Breeann Pence Lori Lomas Curtis Lomas Call us for easy, stress-free tax help. 20A Crescent St., Quincy • 283-2341 • Income Tax Preparation for Individuals & Businesses • FREE efile • Tax Problem Resolution • Accounting, Payroll, Insurance Lori Morrell Lomas, E.A. Curtis C. Lomas CA Ins. License #0B06912 CTEC #A160713 20 A Crescent St., Quincy, CA [ m Quincy SusanvilleGreenvilleChester Portola 283-0800 257-5321 284-7800 258-3115 832-4646 Opinions are strong on both sides of the issue. Many Plumas County miners were in a celebratory mood after Judge Ochoa's ruling. The Western Mining Alliance, Public Lands for the People, American Mining Rights Association, Gold Prospectors Association of America and many more groups and individuals have rallied together on social media, on courthouse lawns, in homes and restaurants to fight the moratorium. Miners on social media joke about naming their new claims "The Rinehart" after Brandon Rinehart, a Plumas County miner whose appeal on a dredging conviction leveraged Ochoa's ruling. An undertone of mourning, however, still ripples through the mining community just weeks after the death of Jerry Hobbs, president of PLP, who dedicated his career to protecting the rights of the people on public lands. 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Deisz, "Some people just See, back then, they knew don't understand that we how beneficial dredging was (independent miners) are not to our waterways, now it is a huge, destructive industry about an agenda," read a post with no concern for the on the American Mining health of our lands or Rights Association website sharing them responsibly. regarding the ruling. We just want to get our feet Plumas County is rich in wet and get a little gold while mining history and well we're at it." easy! 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