Mining Legend leaves Legacy of Hope
PLP President Jerry Hobbs dead at 71
GPAA, Brad Jones, 12/31/2014
Public Lands for the People President Jerry Hobbs has died. He passed away Dec. 28, after a long battle with kidney and heart disease. He was 71.
Gerald Hobbs, better known as Jerry, was a legend in the mining community, and the founder of PLP, a land rights advocacy group. The membership-based, non-profit organization was established in 1990 and has been fighting to keep public lands open for multiple uses, including prospecting and mining, ever since.
MINING RIGHTS: Court battle hinges on Supremacy Clause
GPAA, Brad Jones, 12/15/2014
Ochoa clears legal hurdles, set to rule in California dredging case
Miners and their opponents squared off again in California Superior Court Dec. 12 to make their cases for and against suction dredging mining in California.
Significant progress made in court for California suction gold dredgers; still more work to be done
ICMJ.com / Ron Kliewer / 12/13/2014
The DREDGE REPORT
Today was a milestone day in the battle to maintain the rights of miners to dredge on federal mining claims in California. As a plaintiff in this case, I was in the courtroom on Friday, December 12, 2014, along with fifteen miners who gathered to show their support in the ongoing fight with the various parties arrayed against them, trying to extinguish their way of life, their way of supporting their families and their way of boosting the local rural economies. It has been an upstream fight and we got to rest a bit today in a pool of tranquility. Judge Ochoa, after months of reading endless briefs and supporting cases that were cited by both sides, told us plainly where he stood on several aspects of the combined cases and what he intended to rule in the coming weeks. First I’ll get into the tall grass with some details of the court proceedings so you get a taste of how things work; then I’ll spread out the paydirt in the gold pan for you.