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Giessel’s Mining Day, Girdwood Development Bills Approved by Senate Resources Committee

(Juneau) Two bills introduced by Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, were today approved by the Senate Resources committee and referred to the Rules committee for scheduling for floor action.

The first, SB 123, would name May 10 each year as “Alaska Mining Day.” The second bill, SB 181, would ratify mineral closures by the Department of Natural Resources in two creek drainages in the Girdwood area that are important for recreational development.

“I appreciate that the Resources committee has heard and acted on these two bills, and that they can now move on to the full Senate,” Sen. Giessel said.

“Regarding SB 123, it is important for us to recognize and support mining in Alaska, as an industry that had such an important role in helping to settle our state. We are blessed to be directly connected to those early mining pioneers, with a vibrant mining sector that continues to this day.”

SB 123 recommends that mining should be commemorated with educational and celebratory events and activities aimed at increasing the public’s awareness and appreciation for Alaska’s miners and the mining industry.

The second bill, SB 181, approves land classifications for the Glacier Creek and Winner Creek drainages, closing those areas to new mineral entry. The classifications do not effect previously-filed mineral claims.

“This bill supports the Turnagain Arm Management Plan and the Girdwood community’s interest in expanding recreational opportunities in the valley,” Sen. Giessel said. “This recreation area is enjoyed by Alaskans from throughout the state, and visitors from all over the world, year-round.”

For more information, please visit these links:

SB 123: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/27/Bills/SB0123A.PDF

SB 181: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/27/Bills/SB0181A.PDF

DNR Commissioner’s Mining Closure Decision: http://www.aksenateminority.com/wp-content/uploads/SB-181-DNR-Decision-Doc.pdf

Supporting Letters for SB 181: http://www.aksenateminority.com/wp-content/uploads/SB-181-Supporting-Ltrs.pdf

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