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By Concerned Climbers of Arizona
Sep 13, 2013

The House of Representatives has scheduled a floor vote on HR 687 (the Oak Flat land exchange bill) for Thursday, September 19th. If you care about climbing at Oak Flat, or simply don't want to see a terrible precedent set for bypassing the proper procedures and policies that exist for permitting a new mine in the United States, please ask your Congressman to vote "NO" on HR 687 and ask all of your friends to do the same. Thank you in advance for your support.


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By DesertRatExpeditions
Sep 13, 2013

This should probably be posted over on the Taco and RC.com as well.


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By Red
From Arizona
Sep 16, 2013
Cobra Kai

BUMP


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By Tony @ AZClimbersZone.com
From AZ
Sep 16, 2013

BUMP! Quick and easy way to find out your representative:

www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Call, e-mail, do something!

-Tony


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By Tony @ AZClimbersZone.com
From AZ
Sep 16, 2013

Here's a more automatic option, thanks to Arizona Mining Reform Coalition:

org.salsalabs.com/o/676/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_>>>


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By kirra
Sep 16, 2013

thanks for posting CCA -Red -Tony Yes this is URGENT!! This Vote could happen WEDNESDAY

I hope the Access Fund can dig out in time to stir up an ACTION alert we could use, I hope they are all OK.

please write/fax or call your representatives ASAP -no matter what State you live- if you'd like to help save this unique area from being an OPEN PIT MINE. Please Contact your representatives by TOMORROW Tuesday!!

this link posted from AZ Mining Reform Coalition is XLNT. Add personal comments prior to send >> unique climbing area lost forever good to add, etc. Many thanks to All!


------------------------Az Mining Reform Letter---------------------

Dear Representative,

The newest version of the Oak Flat land exchange has been introduced in the US Congress. The new bill number is HR 687. However, the bill is virtually identical to the failed HR 1904 in the last Congress.

This is the 12th version of the land exchange. The previous 11 versions of the land exchange have failed for a very good reason the American people have spoken loudly that this piece of special interest legislation is not in the best interests of our Nation. I urge you to oppose HR 687 should it start to move. Further, I ask you to contact the original co-sponsors, Arizona Representative Gosar (R-4th) and Kirkpatrick (D-1st) and urge them to suspend any efforts to move the bill in this Congress.

HR 687 is special interest legislation that would trade away the Oak Flat Campground and surrounding federal lands to foreign mining companies. Oak Flat is sacred to Native Americans and is critical for cultural and recreational activities. HR 687 is only piece of legislation in Congress that would turn over a Native American sacred site on federal lands to foreign mining companies. HR 687 would mandate the loss of the largest amount of federal lands ever for recreational rock climbing resulting in financial ruin for small businesses based on the climbing industry. HR 687 would result in massive dewatering of the riparian area and the loss of habitat critical to rare and endangered plants and animals.

Because of these and many other reasons, the town of Superior has withdrawn their support for the Oak Flat land exchange. In Addition, the bill is opposed by a wide coalition of Native American Tribes, religious organizations, recreational organizations, and conservation groups.

Please help protect Oak Flat and the surrounding area by opposing any attempts to pass HR 687 this Congress.

Thank you,


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By Catherine Conner
From Phoenix, AZ
Sep 16, 2013
Contemplative-what is ahead?

Done, thank you thank you!


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By kirra
Sep 17, 2013

cat U rock!

~o~~o~~o~~o~~o~~o~~o~~

BUMP

Please send a note here or call your representatives today !


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By Concerned Climbers of Arizona
Sep 17, 2013

The Access Fund also has an automated letter writing engine and has put out an Access Alert for the upcoming vote on HR 687.

Here is a direct link:

www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Cen>>>

Please use this and urge your Representative to vote "NO" on HR 687.


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By Ben Watson
From Tempe, AZ
Sep 17, 2013
Rappelling from Mt. Gilbert

Thanks & props to all who have already taken action.
I've sent in my letters and forwarded the info to out-of-state fam & friends as well. This vote not only affects AZ but future special-interest legislation sought after in other states.


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By Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Sep 17, 2013
Toofast

Letters sent.


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By kirra
Sep 19, 2013

Action today on H.R.687

12:44:09 P.M. H. Res. 351 Considered as privileged matter.

H. Res. 351 "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 687) to facilitate the efficient extraction of mineral resources in southeast Arizona by authorizing and directing an exchange of Federal and non-Federal land, and for other purposes;
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was there a vote taken?


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By Ben Watson
From Tempe, AZ
Sep 19, 2013
Rappelling from Mt. Gilbert

Voting now on H. Res. 351...


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By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Sep 19, 2013
Stoked...

"Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 351 "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 687) to facilitate the efficient extraction of mineral resources in southeast Arizona by authorizing and directing an exchange of Federal and non-Federal land, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1526) to restore employment and educational opportunities in, and improve the economic stability of, counties containing National Forest System land, while also reducing Forest Service management costs, by ensuring that such counties have a dependable source of revenue from National Forest System land, to provide a temporary extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3102) to amend the Food and Nutrition Act 2008; and for other purposes."

Talk about a wolf in sheep's clothing... I half expect this statement to finish off claiming it will also curing all disease and poverty in AZ too.

So the first statement below sounds bad and the second good... any congressional interns here who can decipher?

3:56:01 P.M. H. Res. 351 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (Roll no. 474).

3:56:02 P.M. H. Res. 351 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.


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By Christian
From Casa do Cacete
Sep 19, 2013

"In the U.S. House of Representatives, following a vote, the Speaker typically announces that, "without objection, a motion to reconsider is laid on the table."[19] Although no motion to reconsider (or to table) have actually been made, the making of this statement (unless there is objection) precludes the making of a future motion for reconsideration and makes the vote final."

so yeah, 351 has passed the House, which I guess means HR 687 will then be considered?


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By Concerned Climbers of Arizona
Sep 19, 2013

The House floor vote on HR 687 has been postponed until Wednesday, September 25th, at the very earliest. We can only speculate as to the reasoning for the delay.


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By Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Sep 20, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Kali. Alabama Hills, CA.

Concerned....

E-mail sent to Rep Brownley.

Please reciprocate, and request to join the SSCA, and help save the Needles. (See So. Cal forum)

We must all join together and stop Government corruption.

Thank you


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By Tony @ AZClimbersZone.com
From AZ
Sep 25, 2013

BUMP! Vote is tomorrow (the 26th), there's still time to call or e-mail!

Tony


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By kirra
Sep 25, 2013

crazy eh Morgan?

thank you Andrew Hewitt for Rock&Ice article: "Arizona Climbing Area at Risk of Destruction"

still time today to send your objections:
- Access Fund against H.R.687
- AZ Mining Reform Coalition letter to Congress


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By Concerned Climbers of Arizona
Sep 27, 2013

In a rather surprising turn of events today, Republican House leadership abruptly cancelled votes both on HR 687 itself and an amendment offered to it by Congressman Luhan of New Mexico. This was immediately after voting down two other amendments to HR 687 that were proposed by Congressman Grijalva of Arizona and Congresswoman Napolitano of California, respectively.

The reason is that House leadership is unsure they currently have sufficient votes to pass HR 687. This is great news for climbers, environmentalists and Native Americans everywhere--and is a good indicator that momentum has recently shifted against the Oak Flat land exchange bill, which easily sailed through the House of Representatives last year.

Thank you everyone who took a moment and sent a letter to your Representative, asking them to vote "NO" on this bill. You definitely made a difference.


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By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Sep 27, 2013
Stoked...

STOKED


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By John McNamee
Administrator
From Littleton, CO
Sep 27, 2013
Artist Tears P3

Great to hear the good news!


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By Red
From Arizona
Sep 27, 2013
Cobra Kai

Keep fighting the good fight, everyone!


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By Fred AmRhein
Sep 27, 2013

Concerned Climbers of Arizona wrote:
Thank you everyone who took a moment and sent a letter to your Representative, asking them to vote "NO" on this bill. You definitely made a difference.


A special thanks to the Concerned Climbers of Arizona and the Access Fund for their continuinig efforts. I really appreciated the AFund letter to my local Rep in Congress and I do hope it made a difference.

Thanks again,

Fred


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By Chris Wenker
From Santa Fe
Sep 27, 2013
Bandera

What was Lujan's amendment? He's my local guy! (and yes I did put a bug in his ear).


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By Brian Bulthuis
From New York, NY
Sep 27, 2013

@Chris -

"require the Secretary to remove Native American sacred and cultural sites from the conveyance in consultation with affected Indian Tribes"

lujan.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id>>>


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