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MINING and ECONOMY by Kenneth Anderson, Mining Geologist-Engineer

[Editor’s note: Ken Anderson has boiled the essentials of economy down to bumper-sticker simplicity.]

Mining is our most vital industry. No other business or industry can operate without using minerals. You cannot manufacture anything without using minerals directly or indirectly.

ALL jobs depends on minerals.

If 140 small gold mines in Eastern Oregon were allowed to go to work with minimal regulation, they would create about 300 jobs and 2.3 million dollars of new wealth per month.

US Geological Survey estimates every dollar of minerals produced help the overall economy by 28.6 to 1. Thus local miners would improve the economy by $60 million per month.

Our nation is facing economic breakdown. Reasons:

40 years of short-sighted unbalanced laws and regulations

To save our country we must put a moratorium on regulations that stop or delay production of vital resources of life, until our economy recovers.

Regulations have forced us to buy overseas the very things regulations won’t let our country produce.

All new wealth comes from the ground.

Wealth is expanded by processing and manufacturing useful products.

We came into the world absolutely bare; everything we have comes from the ground.

Ranchers, farmers, fishermen, loggers, oilmen and miners are the foundation of all economies.

We must have the freedom to recover the products and resources of the earth.

For more information contact: Ken Anderson, Mining Geologist-Engineer,
Retired, (541) 523-2521

[Ken Anderson, geological engineer consultant, formerly served as president of the Eastern Oregon Mining Association; Ken teaches mining and economy to anyone who will listen.]


US Forest Service page on wildflowers and pollinators (

In the past two years pollinators have almost disappeared from Baker City and environs.  Native bees, honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, moths, & hummingbirds are missing. Snake River Music Gardens is doing field research to determine why pollinators have disappeared.

This web page will get you up to speed on the relationship between pollinators and wildflowers.

How to Participate:  Contact us about serving as a citizen scientist to add boots on the ground to our field research team.


Photo: Snake River Music Garden file photo