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Draft MSHA regs may save $27.6 million
Although many of us think that it didn't go far enough, one of the more important first steps that President Trump took in January was the promulgation of Executive Order (E. O.) 13771 wh... — Updated 9/24/2017
Is Donald Trump the new Andrew Jackson?
There have been numerous comparisons of President Trump to President Jackson in the news and elsewhere, some of which have not been flattering to either; however, it does seem reasonable... — Updated 6/18/2017
I did my civic duty today and voted
According to legend, in 333 BC, while on his way to conquer the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great stopped at Gordion, where he learned about a special wagon that had its pole tied to th... — Updated 8/21/2016
Alaskans discuss 35 years under ANILCA
For many of us, Dec. 2, 1980 was one of the darkest days in Alaska's history, for that was the day that more than 100 million acres of public land in Alaska were ripped from the public... — Updated 12/20/2015
Lilliputian views 9th Circuit decision
The 9th Circuit handed down an en banc ruling on June 1, 2012, counter-posing placer mining on federal claims within the national forest along the Klamath River pursuant to a 36 CFR 228.4... — Updated 6/24/2012
Just kidding, the sky isn't falling
Several readers of last month's column were struck by the excessively cynical tone of my admonition that the last person out of Alaska should please turn out the lights. In retrospect, perhaps I was too rash because, in truth, Alaska... — Updated 9/26/2010 Full story
Shall we count our blessings or our fingers?
The price of gold surged through $800 per ounce recently, headed north; and all gold miners (as well as the producers of many other commodities in the United States) are bound to have a happy Thanksgiving because of it. At the recent... — Updated 11/25/2007 Full story
Mining and the Law: Federal mine claim holders to face new challenges
I want you to tear this article out of the paper and save it. I'll explain why in a minute, but the point is that you will want to refer to it often over the next several months if you ha... — Updated 8/26/2007
Mining and the law: Rio Tinto and the Pebble project
Kenai Peninsula College Anthropology Professor Alan Boraas is a frequent op-ed contributor to the Anchorage Daily News. One of his regular targets for criticism is the Pebble copper... — Updated 4/29/2007
Mining and the Law; 'Children of a Common Mother'
Inscribed on the Peace Arch over the international border near Blaine, Wash., are the words, "Children of a Common Mother." I have long felt that Canadians are just like Americans,... — Updated 3/25/2007
Mining and the Law: The miners are coming! The miners are coming!
According to a recent World Trade Center Alaska report, for the 11-month period ending Nov. 30, 2006, mining exports represented more than 25 percent of the state's foreign exports, and foreign exports constituted 10 percent of Alaska's... — Updated 2/25/2007 Full story
Mining and the Law: Governor picks knowledgeable expert to lead DEC
While the jury may still be out when it comes to our new governor, Sarah Palin, it sure seems like she is starting off on the right foot. Every administration must wrestle with the need... — Updated 1/28/2007
Mining and the Law: Northwestern miners gather at Reno convention
During the first full week in December approximately 1,800 miners and members of support industries met in Reno for the Northwest Mining Association's annual convention. The convention wa... — Updated 12/24/2006
Mining and the Law: What if we don't get a gas pipeline?
I don't know whether Alaskans will ever see a gas pipeline or not. Of course, I hope we will, but if we don't, how will we pay the cost of operating the state? We know these things. The... — Updated 11/26/2006
After 20-year delay, mining claimant may soon start down the long road to justice
New people, I think, have any real sense as to how much of a burden the federal government places on those who seek to develop minerals on the public domain and in the national forests.... — Updated 10/29/2006
Mining and the Law: The case of the Tulsequah Chief
If you have ever thought that the cost of manufactured goods is too low, and wondered what you can do about it, you might consider the case of the Tulsequah Chief prospect in nearby... — Updated 9/24/2006
Environmentalists take two hits
Two judicial rulings have been handed down recently which bode well for the future of mining activities in Alaska. The first concerns the Kensington Mine north of Juneau. In June of... — Updated 8/27/2006
Confused about clean water? Tell it to the judge
Alaska's placer mining industry has been almost wiped out by the Clean Water Act. In addition, every surface and subsurface lode mining operation has been forced to go through the... — Updated 7/30/2006