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Gold miners outraged at critical Nome letter

By Associated Press 2:10 PM July 30, 2014
NOME, Alaska (AP) –

Nome gold miners are angry about a city letter citing the “negative social impacts” of their industry.

KNOM (http://is.gd/QvZYfN) reports miners stormed the Nome City Council meeting Monday night to express their outrage about the July 15 letter to the state Department of Natural Resources from city manager Josie Bahnke.

In the letter, Bahnke wrote to DNR Commissioner Joe Balash that there has been some economic benefit from offshore mining, but those benefits are outweighed by negative social impacts.

The letter refers to a 2011 lease sale that opened up the offshore dredging boom that brought millions in revenues for the state, but left Nome without money to accommodate increased activity.

Kenny Hughes with the Alaska Mining Association says miners feel like city officials are “throwing rocks at us.”


Information from: KNOM-AM, http://www.knom.org

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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