Bureau of Land Management officials are scheduled to meet with Forty Mile area gold miners tomorrow. BLM Alaska spokeswoman Leslie Ellis Waters says Friday’s meeting in Chicken will include the agency’s top administrators.Download Audio:Ellis Waters says they were invited to attend the meeting. It follows recent years of tensions, highlighted by an August 2013 Environmental Protection Agency lead armed raid of several mining operations. Miners felt intimidated, but a subsequent governor’s report found officers did nothing wrong. Ellis Waters says there’s no official agenda for Friday’s meeting, but reclamation regulations are likely to be a primary topic.Ellis Waters says there’s a lot of confusion around the topic, but stresses that the BLM will be there to listen. She could not say what data the water quality assessment and regulatory changes are based on, but longtime Forty Mile area Miner Sheldon Maier of Fairbanks contends the science isn’t there.Maier’s wife Yenna describes the conflict between miners and regulators as over control, not better practices.The Maiers have refused to pay federal access fees for a road they say they’ve invested thousands of dollars to repair. Last year the state sued the federal government claiming ownership of numerous historic rights of way in the Forty mile region. The Maiers, who have been vocal advocates on behalf of Forty Mile miners, say they’ve grown weary of meetings that don’t yield changes, and don’t plan on attending tomorrow’s session with the BLM in Chicken.
Darjeeling: Islampur in Uttar Dinajpur turned tense following the death of a Trinamool Congress leader, which has been labeled as a murder by the party.The incident occurred in the Milanpalli area of Islampur. The body of Kripasindhu Poddar was found hanging outside a house that he was constructing on Friday morning. His wife Mamoni Poddar is a member of the Zilla Parishad. Mamoni alleged that her husband was brutally murder and then he was hung outside their under-construction house. The deceased originally hailed from Nandajhar area of Goalpokher in Uttar Dinajpur. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”My husband was returning from his ancestral house in Goalpokhar to the house in Milanpalli on Thursday night. He was then murdered and slung on a bamboo pole outside the house,” alleged Mamoni. As news of the incident spread, a large crowd including TMC leaders and supporters gathered at Milanpalli on Friday. Mohammad Gulam Rabbani, MLA, Goalpokher was also present. The police have started investigations in this connection. “The body has been recovered and sent for post-mortem. Only after we get the post-mortem report will things become clear,” stated Sachin Makkar, SP, Islampur police district. “My husband had a lot of enemies. It was a planned murder,” added the wife of the deceased. Even TMC feels that Poddar was murdered. “The incident happened in the wee hours of Friday. They strangled him and then slung him on the pole. It is definitely a case of murder,” stated Rabbani, minister of state, Panchayat and Rural Development.