Eisenman’s press release was flat wrong

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2018 2:50 pm

by Skip Kunst Special to The Flume

Judge Groome recently dismissed Save South Park and individually named residents’ lawsuit alleging that the Board of County Commissioners violated Colorado’s Open Meetings laws by formulating a resolution approving High Speed Mining’s (Gold Rush) request to change . . . READ MORE


Mining is our past but not our future

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2018 2:53 pm

by Skip Kunst Special to The Flume

The mid-to-late 1800s saw a migration of people searching for wealth heading to the Mountain West. The gleam of gold, silver and other minerals was just too hard to resist. According to a diorama at Eleven Mile State Park: “Gold was discovered in the streams of South Park in 1859. By 1860, 11,000 people were living in the shanty towns and . . . READ MORE


Save South Park

Sensible balance between mining development and quality of life for residents

Posted: September, 2018

by Kathy Hansen

It all began with the incessant banging — Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! In 2016 the Gold Rush television series moved its operation from Alaska to just outside Fairlplay, Colorado. Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! The operation was extremely noisy. Under the mining permit of High Speed Mining the Gold Rush crew was working 24/7. Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Neighbors could feel the vibrations 24/7 and it was becoming unbearable. Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Many neighbors began. . . READ MORE (scroll to page 5)


Water treatment system upset at the London Mine

Posted: July 24, 2018

by Save South Park

On July 16, 2018, around 4 pm a highly odiferous, alcohol-based chemical used in a water treatment process at the London Mine was discharged into Mosquito Creek bypassing the usual treatment process that would otherwise utilize the chemical in water treatment at the mine. . . READ MORE


Save South Park Digest

Posted: June 14, 2018

by Wendy Kerner

We Want the Old Switcharoo - Reverse the Rezoning!

We are persevering in our battle to overturn the decision by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to rezone approximately 28 acres of residential to mining just north of Fairplay, which was approved last August. Many people who live around the perimeter of the rezoned area are not happy with the plans which will. . . READ MORE


Case Number: 2017CV30073

Filing ID: C3972123138AA

Date Filed: June 11, 2018  12:32PM

Read our opening brief to the county regarding their rezoning of 28 acres from residential to mining.


This is a case that began with a brazen zoning violation and ended with the County government blessing that zoning violation through an incomplete and apparently secret process that culminated in unlawful spot zoning.


...respectfully request that this Court reverse the BOCC's approval of the rezoning Petition, order the BOCC to deny the rezoning Petition, and provide such other and further relief as it deems just and proper. . .READ MORE


A US corporation wants to raze a gold-rich mountain in Peru. Meet the woman who stands in its way

Máxima Acuña-Atalaya de Chaupe has waged a years-long battle against Newmont Mining to try and retain her farm — and stop a new open pit mine

Posted: June 4, 2018

by Deepa Fernandes, Medium

It’s a saga that has played out for centuries in Latin America. Powerful outsiders — first Spanish conquistadors, later multinational corporations — have come in search of gold-rich hills. They usually get what they want. Even if that requires vanquishing, by any means necessary, the indigenous people who live atop these buried fortunes. But there have always been the resisters. . . READ MORE


Commissioners approve ballot questions to reauthorize county sales tax, expand uses of land and water trust fund

CUSP projects

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018 2:54 pm

by Lynda James, Senior correspondent, The Flume

The commissioners approved two projects proposed by the Coalition of the Upper South Platte. The first will develop a strategic watershed plan to address mining impacts on the Middle Fork of the South Platte River plus Mosquito, Beaver and Buckskin creeks. Water sampling will occur in the spring and fall at locations where water quality data is missing. . . READ MORE


Arts and culture made more money in Colorado in 2015 than mining or the transportation industry, study shows

Creative industry’s $13.7 billion was 4.3 percent of state GDP that year, according to federal report

Posted: March 7, 2018 at 7:00 am

by JOE RUBINO, The Denver Post

See a show at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in 2015? Purchase a painting at a local art fair? How about buy a book from a Colorado author or visit a local museum? If you answered yes to any of these questions you contributed to the $13.7 billion arts and culture brought to the state’s economy that year, a figure that outdid both the mining and transportation sectors. . . READ MORE


Discovery Channel's ‘Gold Rush’ is leaving Park County, but residents continue to fight for more mining oversight

Posted: February 17, 2018

by Jack Queen, Summit Daily

It's been nearly two years since the reality-TV show "Gold Rush" roared into Park County, descending on an old dredge near Fairplay with a small army of trucks and excavators to mine for television gold — and a bit of the real stuff, too. . . READ MORE


Why Some Western Towns Live Or Die

A prominent Bozeman economist explains the value of public land for 21st-century America

Posted: February 15, 2018

by Todd Wilkinson, Mountain Journal

Ray Rasker is keenly aware of the negative aphorism, the one often associated with members of his profession who are assailed for only "knowing the price of everything, but the value of nothing.". . . READ MORE


Park County Mining Controversy Grinds On

Posted: January 10, 2018

by Daniel Smith,

Mining was a big part of Fairplay’s past, but a recent mine expansion off Colo. Hwy. 9 has residents divided over its benefits versus concerns over environmental harm and . . . READ MORE


Mining In Fairplay

Posted: Fall Semester 2017

by Zoe Westbrook, a South Park 5th Grader

Mining in Fairplay has caused many good and bad things for people that live in the community. ​First of all, my brother wasn’t affected by the mining, but many community member have been affected. ​The residential area near the mining. . . READ MORE


TV show cast member charged

Another gold miner featured on a reality TV series is facing charges in the Yukon.

Posted: November 2, 2017

by Whitehorse Star, Whitehorse Daily Star

Another gold miner featured on a reality TV series is facing charges in the Yukon. Derek Dodge has appeared . . . READ MORE


Save Park County accuses Discovery Channel's "Gold Rush" of "mining for ratings"

Advocacy group sues to stop reality TV show from returning to Fairplay

Posted: October 20, 2017 at 9:37 am

by JACK QUEEN (Summit Daily), The Denver Post

Residents say the presence of the "Gold Rush" reality TV show has become a nuisance and have sued to keep the show from returning to Park County for a second season . . . READ MORE


Discovery Channel's 'Gold Rush,' 'mining for ratings,' faces lawsuit from Park County neighbors

​Posted: October 18, 2017

by JACK QUEEN, Summit Daily

​The noise would start at 7 every morning and wouldn't stop until the evening, turning a rural neighborhood near Fairplay into an industrial zone . . . READ MORE


TV show destroying environment
Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 12:11 pm

by Linda Brown of Bailey, The Flume

Fairplay is essentially a mining district, but people live here now and should have a say in what happens. I've watched the TV show "Gold Rush" since its inception, and it’s fascinating to learn about . . . READ MORE (subscription required)


County commissioners sued for rezoning residential to mining

Claims of abuse of discretion, acting arbitrarily and capriciously and violating open meetings law

Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017 3:57 pm

by Lynda James, Senior correspondent, The Flume

Save South Park, Inc. filed a lawsuit in the Eleventh Judicial District Court, Sept. 14, against Park County Commissioners, High Speed Mining, LLC, High Speed Aggregate, Inc. and . . . READ MORE


We built it this way and we should not let it go - an opinion
Vibrant community threatened by new mining
Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017 3:31 pm

by Ellwood Barrett, Special to The Flume

Hear a retelling of our local legacy from one who was here for the last forty years. By 1976, mining had abandoned this high windswept valley. The towns of Alma and Fairplay may have seen better days, but . . . READ MORE (subscription required)


I’m waiting for the tourists to visit the open rock pits
From the desk of the editor

September 15, 2017 4:52 pm

by Walter L. Newton, Editor, The Flume

I think Park County should make arrangements with the Town of Fairplay to designate a part of the Front Street sidewalk as a walk of fame. Then the county could have all the “Gold Rush” TV stars put . . . READ MORE (subscription required)


Residential to mining rezoning - an opinion
Posted: Friday, September 1, 2017 4:11 pm

by Skip Kuntz, Special to The Flume

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the county commissioners voted unanimously to approve High Speed Mining’s application to change the zoning for two large, wooded, residential properties from residential to mining. In doing so, the commissioners violated . . . READ MORE (subscription required)


LETTER: More concerns over rezoning

Posted: Friday, September 1, 2017 4:09 pm

by Sarah Meggison of Alma,  The Flume

It is extremely disappointing to learn that the Park County Board of County Commissioners voted for the rezoning of residential land to mining on Aug. 17 in support of a TV show. This is directly from the Park County website regarding the job of the county commissioners . . . READ MORE (subscription required)


LETTER: Mine rezoning decision

Posted: Friday, September 1, 2017 4:08 pm

by Carolyn Erdie of Fairplay, The Flume

How is that Fairplay is represented by two county commissioners from Bailey and one from Alma? And they are entrusted to determine the fate of Fairplay.
The simple fact is . . . 
 (subscription required)


LETTER: More mining concerns

Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 6:14 pm

by Wendy Kerner of Fairplay, The Flume

I became especially concerned with the dramatic increase in mining when I heard a visitor say, "It looks like a cancer that is spreading." I didn’t like hearing that about my community. I thought surely . . . READ MORE (subscription required)


Residential rezoned to mining

Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 5:37 pm

Lynda James, Senior Correspondent, The Flume

Without any deliberation as posted on the agenda, the Park County commissioners approved rezoning 28 acres of residential zoned land to mining for . . . READ MORE


A better service to their constituents, deny the zoning changes - an opinion

In the least, an unambiguous and specific operating agreement is needed

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017 8:33 pm

by John M. Kunst, Jr., Special to The Flume

I support the Planning Commission’s recommendation to the County Commissioner’s that High Speed Aggregate’s application to change zoning from residential to mining be denied. A review of High Speed’s application finds it vague and . . . READ MORE (subscription required)


County receives DRMS staff’s recommendation on expanded mining

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 9:42 pm

by Lynda James, Senior Correspondent, The Flume

Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety issued a recommendation to the Mined Land Reclamation Board July 31 to deny High Speed Mining’s application to convert its 110 Construction Materials Mining Permit to a 112 Hard Rock Mining Permit . . . READ MORE


Decision on residential to mining rezoning postponed until Aug. 17

Posted: Friday, August 4, 2017 2:24 pm

by Lynda James, Senior Correspondent, The Flume

The county commissioner hearing to rezone 28 acres from residential to mining for High Speed Aggregate, Inc., was postponed after the July 27 hearing at the request of . . . READ MORE


County purchases water to augment Fairplay Beach Reservoir

New ABE member and one leaving

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017 9:56 pm

by Lynda James, Senior Correspondent, The Flume

Ann Coulter from Fairplay was appointed as a member of the Advisory Board on the Environment. Pam Jacobus said ABE recommended the commissioners adopt . . . READ MORE


Gold Rush crew sponsors locals party

Free food, autographs and controversy

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 2:19 pm

Lori Bennett, Correspondent, The Flume

The Gold Rush television crew is sponsoring an event for South Park residents in Fairplay on Friday, June 9, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rocky Top Plaza, at the intersection of Main Street and U.S. Highway 285, which is by Prather’s Market. There will be a free meal for residents who can provide . . . READ MORE (subscription required)


Colorado's Toxic Legacy of Mining

Draining old mines foul Denver's watershed every day with contaminants

Posted: September 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm   UPDATED: April 21, 2016 at 7:37 pm

by Bruce Finley, The Denver Post

ALMA -- Ninety miles west of Denver, 347 gallons a minute of acidic heavy metals leak into a tributary of the South Platte River every day from the defunct London Mine. Not even the bugs . . . READ MORE


Alma Placer Mine fined by Colorado Mine Land Reclamation Board for sediment discharge

South Park Coalition intends to file a civil action under provisions of the Clean Water Act

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 3:17 pm

by Walter L. Newton, Correspondent, The Flume

On the morning of Oct. 3, Alma Placer Mine operations resulted in the discharge of sediment into the Middle Fork of the South Platte River. At the Nov. 19 meeting of the Colorado Mine Land Reclamation Board, the mine was fined . . . READ MORE


Environment board discusses instream flows, master leasing plan, mining complaint

Mine Complaint

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 3:35 pm

by Lynda James, Correspondent, The Flume

ABE voted to recommend that the county commissioners request the Colorado Department of Reclamation and Mine Safety inspect the Glory Z Mine for compliance with its mining permit. The open pit mine is . . . READ MORE (subscription required)


Rezoning to mining denied on parcel near Alma

Commissioners cite possible impact on nearby subdivision, master plan

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 12:00 am

by Lynda James, The Flume

A proposed rezoning from residential to mining for a 12-acre parcel north of Alma resulted in a denial and led each of the three Park County commissioners to say that it was with reluctance . . . READ MORE (subscription required)


Snowstorm permit denied

Surrounding land uses near Alma not compatible say commissioners

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2007 12:00 am

by Lynda James, The Flume

After approximately five hours of testimony on Sept. 13, Park County’s Board of County Commissioners denied a conditional use permit application by Everist Materials to operate . . . READ MORE subscription required)


Placer miners worry reality TV is tarnishing their image

Whether it's bulldozing trees or setting ponds on fire to rock music, reality television shows are making a mockery of the placer mining industry in the territory, warns the president of the Klondike Placer Miners' Association.

Posted: April 8, 2015 2:00 am

by Myles Dolphin, Yukon News

Whether it's bulldozing trees or setting ponds on fire to rock music, reality television shows are making a mockery of the placer mining industry in the territory, warns . . . READ MORE


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