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Mining not dear

The mural proposed for the Del Oro Theatre “interprets” our history: Miners in a shaft – looking at the Yuba (flowing as hearts). The Yuba is the heart of our community, but mining is not. Mike Getz says the mural combines “two elements of our lives that are dear to this area, namely the gold mining tradition and the beautiful environment we live in.”

Mining dear to us? No way. Mining was horrifically destructive. The Nisenan were devastated, the environment trashed, and after making millions, companies left, saddling future generations with the toxic waste and environmental destruction. Yet this tragic part of our history is celebrated with statues and events.

Our community is rich because of its beauty, diversity and talent – gifted writers/poets, musicians, artists, great theater, organic farmers, ranchers and lots of good folks (including the Nisenan) working to bring our community together. This is what we should remember and celebrate.



Let’s see mining for what it was: A tragedy. Celebration of it is nostalgic nonsense and it ignores the true, sad history. And while we’re at it, let’s stop the Idaho-Maryland Mine. We don’t need it and we don’t want it.

Julie Carville




Nevada City


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