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Remnants of early mining poisoning California fish

Allen Best

LAKE NATOMA, Calif. Some 150 years ago the immigrant gold miners in the California foothills used an estimated 8.5 million pounds of mercury to separate gold from ore. Now, new immigrants are being warned not to eat the fish from some lakes and rivers east of Sacramento because of dangerously high levels of mercury. Preparing brochures in several different languages, health officers are targeting Asian, Russian and Latino anglers – people who tend to eat a lot of the fish that they catch.Tests show mercury levels as high as 1.02 parts per million in bass and 1.89 parts per million in channel catfish, reports the Sacramento Bee. That’s three to six times the threshold established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Salmon and trout, two of the most popular local sport fish, tend to accumulate relatively low levels of mercury, say scientists. As a result, most people can safely eat those fish three times a week, although women of child-bearing age can eat them only once a week.Telluride shells out for SalazarTELLURIDE – Aspen, Jackson Hole, and Sun Valley have all been big on the fund-raising circuit for politicians. Add Telluride to the list.A fund-raiser for Ken Salazar, a U.S. Senate candidate in Colorado who Democrats believe has a good chance of tilting the Senate back toward their party, was recently held at Telluride. Among those attending were U.S. senators Jeff Bingaman from New Mexico and Jim Jeffords from Vermont. A private concert by singer Judy Collins was also scheduled. Organizers hoped to raise $100,000 or more, reported The Telluride Watch.Films limited to seven minutes at festivalCANMORE, Alberta – Lots of ski and gateway towns have film festivals, but none quite like the one in Canmore. There, the Seven Minute Film Festival is in its fourth year and has gained international recognition. This year’s festival in late September has entries from four nations, including Canada, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook. Organizers expect more than 100 films, with everything from comedy, drama, horror and even animated puppetry porn.

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