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9/13/2012 5:00:00 PM
Area miners get a shock when paying fees

Jeanette Hyduke
Palo Verde People


PALO VERDE - Each year those who own mining claims have to pay a yearly fee for each claim and in addition, report the assessment work done for the mine or mines. This fee and document must reach the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the county where their claims are located.

Those who have claims in California have to send their documentation to Sacramento. Those who have claims in Arizona send their fees and documents to Phoenix.

Whatever state your claims are in, they have to be documented with the BLM in that state.

This year when claim owners went to pay their fees they were surprised to learn that fees have been raised. If you own a lode claim you now have to pay $140 for each claim and those who own a placer claim, instead of paying $140 a claim, now have to pay $1,120.

Those who have a number of placer claims, are thinking very seriously of giving up those claims.

Some of the larger mine claim owners are having trouble making mines pay off now and with this extra fee each year, things are not getting better for the small miner who owns only two or three claims.

A few years back mine owners only had to pay $5 a claim plus do their assessment work each year. Mining may soon become a thing of the past.

It is extremely hard for any one who owns mines anymore to be able to open up the area where they wish to begin mining because of the many regulations the BLM has imposed on the miners.

Many miners are banding together trying to change some of the new and old rules.

Kathy Broadwell delivered 14 commodities to locals last week. She needs to service 34 persons with the food, however, a number of people did not provide Broadwell with their driver's license and social security number, both of which must be given now to get the commodities.

It is important to contact Broadwell if you want to get your commodities in October.

There is still time to get in on the Palo Verde golf tournament on Sept. 15. Contact Ron Woods, or go directly to the golf course in Blythe and sign up.

Palo Verde fire department employees helped with the traffic when the road near Glamis was shut down last Wednesday, due to flash floods in the area.

Many trucks and vehicles were stopped from using the road for hours.

Fort Gaston Historical Society held their first meeting of the season this week. Many plans were made. Fort Gaston Historical Society needs someone to fill the board position of the late Dick Newton, who was the historian.

Fish have gone on strike this week, and are lying close to the bottom of the lagoon because of the heat. Fishermen who usually have lots of luck catching the big ones are complaining.



Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012
Article comment by: Craig Wiita

HR 2055 was passed by both the house and Senate and subsequently signed into law by President Obama on December 23, 2011. An amendment in the bill under House Report 112-331 included the change in mining claim maintenance fees. This does not effect people holding under (10) 20 acre claims, which still fall under the small miners exemption act, meaning filling out your maintence fee waiver on a 20 acre claim with $100.00 worth of labor performed over the course of the filing year will still only cost you a $10.00 renewal fee. Lode claims will now cost you $140.00 per lode claim not to exceed 20 acres, and associated 160 acre claims will now cost you $140.00 per 20 acres, or $1,120.00 per year. There are even ways to reduce that down to $80.00 per year if your willing to jump through the BLM hoops.
Why an individual would need more than (10) 20 acre claims is beyond me. If you are not a mining company there is no need for you to hold more than 200 acres of public land mineral rights. Most if not all Jr. Mining Companies have known about these changes since they were passed, and ready to pay our fees. My tab this year was $109,760.00. By raising the fees to these amounts weeds out the people trying to make a quick buck claiming and selling mineral rights. By paying this amount makes darn sure the land is really going to be mined, not just sold. If you are going to hold mining claims, make sure you know the laws. Then your never surprised by something you should have already known.




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