Critics say an open pit mine, the possible result of exploration southeast of Garden Valley, could have a profound impact on the wildlife, drinking water and recreation. John Robison's head nearly touched the ceiling at the Payette Brewing Taproom Jan. 3, as he stood on a chair, making arguments against allowing mineral exploration along Grimes Creek in the Boise National Forest, which could lead to the excavation of a massive open-pit mine. In Robison's view, it's a prospect people in the Treasure Valley shouldn't risk. "It's not about making a big mess and moving on," Robsion, the public lands director of the Idaho Conservation League, said to the packed beer hall. "It's about developing a community." The exploration...
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