The Idaho Land Board signed off today on a lease that would allow a gold miner along the Salmon River to exclusively mine for gold.
Mike Conklin of Grangeville wants to do what’s called suction dredge mining along a half mile stretch of the Salmon River near Riggins. It’s a process where a miner sucks up the the river bottom in search of particle sized gold.
Miners like Conklin need two things from a state level - a mining permit by the Department of Water Resources and a five-year Land Lease from the Department of Lands. He has both.