Gold miner to armed supporters: Back off

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People stand ready to check in volunteers Thursday, April 16, 2015, outside Grants Pass, Ore., where a local chapter of the constitutional activist group the Oath Keepers is recruiting people to help provide security for a gold mine on federal land where the claimholders are in a dispute with federal regulators. Rick Barclay, who owns […]

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – One of the claimholders of a southwestern Oregon gold mine has asked armed supporters to back off while he works out his differences with federal regulators.

Rick Barclay told the Mail Tribune newspaper that he initially asked for help from constitutional activists known as the Oath Keepers because he thought the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would seize the equipment on his mining claim, located on federal land outside Grants Pass.

He says the mine is not under attack, and posts on various internet sites have created a circus atmosphere based on a lot incorrect information.

The BLM served a stop work order on the mine after discovering it was being worked without the necessary paperwork filed, and have given the claimholders time to appeal.

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