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James Coe: Just imagine

The Beatles wrote a song about imaging a new world. It was a hit. Now, can we imagine a new world for our precious Nevada County? I think we can.

Imagine enough resources to make our Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital the best in California. Imagine Nevada County with no homeless and hunger problems. Imagine employment for everyone. Imagine no environmental problems and no fire dangers because of overgrown forests. Now imagine where the resources would come from to make these imaginations come true.

Sitting in the earth below us waits billions of dollars in minerals ready for the harvesting. Mining technology has progressed to a point where little or no environmental damage will occur because of mining. Water removed from the earth during mining can now be safely recycled providing a reliable source of safe water regardless of droughts. Any wells adversely effected can be easily replaced with a better source of snow melt water because the mine will achieve enough profits to pay for it.

All it would take to make this a reality would be a dedicated group of people with dreams and passions for a future that would benefit all Nevada County residents. They would have to form a nonprofit consortium in order to take ownership of the existing Idaho Maryland Mine properties. This nonprofit organization would then contract to operate the mine. The mine owner already has extensive mineral rights throughout the richest gold mining areas in the Grass Valley area. Thus, the Idaho Maryland Mine surface access would provide the main extraction point for all the gold that was reserved underground prior to World War II.

It would be perfect to name this proposed non profit mining company the “MacBoyle Memorable Foundation” because of his efforts to support the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and his love and support for Grass Valley. Imagine how net profits from this mine could be used to benefit all of Nevada County.

The MacBoyle Memorable Foundation would have a board of directors made up with all the governmental, environmental, and other nonprofit organizations in the county who would decide what grants would be given to causes that benefit Nevada County. Imagine the possibilities.

James Coe lives in Rocklin

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