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Friday, November 9, 2007

State organizes series of mining workshops

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has begun a series of mining information workshops and reports it plans to host a meeting in Bethel, though it hasn't specified a date.

State mining coordinator Tom Crafford said its series of workshops is intended to teach residents concerned with mining development how state and federal regulations work.

"We definitely recognize the need to take this out to other communities in Alaska. There's confusion and definitely a lot of concern about how these projects are evaluated and analyzed and permitted and how decisions are made," Crafford said.

Workshops are already set for Nov. 13 in Anchorage, Nov. 14 in Fairbanks and Nov. 15 in Juneau.

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