Let's Talk Atlanta Gold 

The City of Boise has no real influence on whether or not the proposed gold mine near Atlanta happens or not, but it will feel the effects all the same. So Mayor Dave Bieter is hosting an informational forum on the project next Wednesday, November 15. Come on by City Hall at 6 p.m. and head for the 3rd floor. The meeting will be aired live on TVCTV CableOne Channel 98 and streamed on the City of Boise's Web site (www.cityofboise.org). Attendees will be able to hear from both mine officials and opponents of the mine.

"As elected officials and citizens, we all have a responsibility to learn as much as we can about this proposal and let our opinions be known," Bieter said in a statement. "This forum will provide just such an opportunity."

Atlanta Gold Corp., a subsidiary of Twin Mining Corp. of Toronto, Canada, proposes to construct a cyanide leach-heap gold mine and support facilities on approximately 450 acres of federal and private lands 1.5 miles south of Atlanta in Elmore County. The operation would extract the metals from up to 13.7 million tons of ore over the estimated six-year life of the mine.

Attendees will get an earful from both Atlanta Gold and Idaho Families for Clean Water, which opposes the mining plan. Both groups will make brief presentations at the forum. In addition, representatives of the U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and Idaho Department of Lands will answer questions regarding the permitting and project review process.

"The Atlanta Gold Mine poses a serious threat to the Boise River," said Liz Paul, spokeswoman for Idaho Rivers United. "There is tremendous public opposition to the mine. We expect Boise officials to do all they can to stop the Atlanta Gold Mine after they listen to public opinion."

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