Yesterday little brown envelopes were placed on several of our vehicles. In those were several things.
1) a “warning notice” from the LEO stating we were dredging without a PoO and which, he said days earlier this document (should we be given one) was only that we agreed to disagree, it was only for documentation.
2) a “notice of non-compliance” stating the same thing.
3) an “incident report” which states again, the same thing, but this time it was only handed out to the AMRA dredges (3) on the river, not to the other miners and it states on this document that it is a “misdemeanor” instead of the citation (like a parking ticket) stated in their own governing documents and as per their own LEO Brooks Beegle.
4) a PoO form to fill out to “come into compliance”.
It is quite interesting that the level of alleged offense was escalated to a misdemeanor and only given to AMRA. Seems a bit … how do we say it….discriminatory and harassing? I’ve now missed three full days of mining, and when you average ounces per day, it adds up pretty fast the losses you incur for this material interference.
They are giving us until noon tomorrow to remove our dredges and stop all operations or face potential arrest and now criminal citations.
I’m wondering to all the people reading this, are you sick of the government telling you that you cannot do anything without their permission? Our activities are similar to one who roto-tills their garden. We dredge with lawn mower sized motors, do not add any pollutants and loosen the gravels creating fish habitat to get the gold we have a deed to obtain. It is real property which we mine, we have deeds. Nothing is added, but we do remove 98% of all mercury (if it is present) all trash like the old beer cans we already have and so much fishing lead we can make our own dive weights each year. Yesterday I found a 1920’s butter knife.
Yesterday, I filmed about 100 fish which are now calling our little hole home (about 4′ deep) in the river with our GoPro. Before we started, there were no fish, now there are over a hundred, but they say we create an impact for the fish. Yup, we agree, but it’s a positive impact as proven by science and I don’t know….umm our own eyes and decades of experience.