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Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 5A Miriam S. Cody heavier gold particles can Staff Writer settle into a series of riffles. mcody@plumasnews.com The rest of the gravel is simply dumped back into the A judge's ruling last week river. essentially dissolved a 2009 Antidredging moratorium on suction environmental activists have dredge mining in California. said the resulting stirred-up Federal pre-emption sediment is harmful to fish prevailed Jan. 12 when San and their spawning beds. Bernardino County Superior Advocates for mining Court Judge Gilbert Ochoa rights say studies show the ruled in favor of suction effects of recreational dredge miners, dredging are minor, and that The judge decided, "There dredging is often helpful to is no triable issue of fish by creating a better material fact on the issue of habitat for them and federal pre-emption," dispersing nutrients. meaning federal law In August 2009, Gov. pre-empts state law in this Arnold Schwarzenegger case. signed a bill to temporarily The ruling stated, "The ban the "destructive" form of State's extraordinary scheme recreational gold mining of requiring permits and then known as suction dredging. refusing to issue them... Other forms of mining stands as an obstacle to the (sluicing, high-banking, accomplishment of the full panning, etc.) were not purposes and objectives of affected. But the bill created Congress." an uproar in the mining The ruling will open up community because many discussions on new rules for independent miners said they dredging, have found the only way to Suction dredges are economically mine gold from powered by gas or diesel most California streams is engines that are mounted on with a dredge. floating pontoons in streams. With its signing, the bill A vacuum hose is attached placed an immediate to the engine, which the moratorium on all suction operator uses to suction up dredge mining until the the gravel and sand from the California Department of bottom of the river. Fish and Wildlife could The material passes develop and implement new through a sluice box where regulations.. Some of the organizations Jonathan Evans, toxics and Alliance, Public Lands for groups and associations and people who backed the endangered species campaign the People, American Mining asking the members to come moratorium were the Karuk director at the Center for Rights Association, Gold dredge the waters after a Tribe, Pacific Coast Biological Diversity, said, Prospectors Association of forest fire because they Federation of Fishermen's "This decision has grave America and many more wanted the fish to come back. Associations, Institute for implications for groups and individuals have See, back then, they knew Fisheries Resources, Center Californians' ability to rallied together on social how beneficial dredging was For Biological Diversity, protect our own waterways, media, on courthouse lawns, to our waterways, now it is Friends of the River, wildlife and cultural in homes and restaurants to about an agenda," read a post California Tribal Business resources from destructive fight the moratorium, on the American Mining Alliance and The Sierra mining." Miners on social media Rights Association website Fund. The center made a joke about naming their regarding the ruling. According to Scott Harn, statement on its website new claims "The Rinehart"Plumas County is rich in editor and publisher of vowing to continue the fight after Brandon Rinehart, amining history and.well ICMJ's Prospecting and against dredging. Plumas County miner whosepopulated by people who still Mining Journal, negotiations Karuk Tribe Director of appeal on a dredging love to do a little gold will resume Jan. 23 to, if Natural Resources Leaf conviction leveraged Ochoa's digging. It is also a place possible, redefine the current Hillman said, "Suction ruling, where the environment is dredging regulations. This is dredging is a continuation of An undertone of mourning,fought for and preserved likely to include a permitting the genocidal legacy of gold however, still ripples however possible. process to help protect the miners that started over 150 through the mining It is often the same people environment from years ago. We will continue community jdst weeks after doing both. But, according to irresponsible mining to fight and protect our the death Of Jerry Hobbs,Plumas County miner Larry activity, cultural and natural president of PLP, who Deisz, "Some people just Once the rules are in place, resources." dedicated his career to don't understand that we Harn said he encourages the He added, "In our view this protecting the rights of the (independent miners) are not California mining is far from resolved." people on public lands, a huge, destructive industry community to dredge Opinions are strong on "Back in the '80s and '90s, with no concern for the responsibly as opportunities both sides of the issue. Many before the opposition party health of our lands or sharing arise to get back in the water. Plumas County miners werereally got going and them responsibly. We just "Dredging has never been in a celebratory mood after infiltrated many of our want to get our feet wet and known to harm fish when Judge Ochoa's ruling, regulatory agencies, USFSget a little gold while we're at done properly and outside of The Western Mining would call the gold clubs, it." spawning seasons," he said in an article published Jan. 13 on the ICMJ website. Ham told readers, "Continue to follow the 1994 regulations regarding seasonal restrictions to avoid damage to spawning beds and do not dredge in river banks or stream banks." 6 Leaders emerge in cribbage play The opening day of the Lake Almanor Area Winter Cribbage League was Saturday, Jan. 10. Play was held at the Mt. Lassen Club in Chester. Off to a competitive start, ALMANOR the end of the first day's play CRIBBAGE RESULTS found the two teams of Kim TERRY YUNG Lund and Billie Forest and Dave Mahan and Terry Yung tied for first place. Each team points, which is the third won 11 games out of a highest possible hand in possible 16. cribbage. Cathy Maxey'and Beverly Fourteen two-person teams Emerson earned third place are playing in the league. with 10 games. Play alternates each week Pete Hassell was the only between the Mt. Lassen Club player to pick up a 24-hand. A in Chester and the Double G 24-hand is a big deal because Iron Horse Saloon in there are only nine different Westwood for 13 consecutive hands that add up to 24 Saturdays. Next week's play will be in Westwood. Each Saturday each team plays three games against each of four different teams. The winner of each game is awarded one point, and one point goes to the team that earns the most positive spread points for the three games. Therefore, each three-game set is worth four points (games). If the game point to be awarded to the team with the most spread pointsends in a tie; each team is:given one-half point. 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