Judge to Rule Monday in Gold Mine Fight

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge intends to rule Monday on a complicated legal battle that pits religious and environmental concerns against the economic interests of hundreds of Nevada miners and the world’s biggest gold mining company.

Conservationists and Western Shoshone tribal members are seeking a preliminary injunction to halt part of a huge gold mine project they claim would desecrate a sacred landmark where many have worshipped for centuries on Mount Tenabo in northeast Nevada.

“This case is about one very big, very destructive mine and about one special, unique and very important place – so important that people come hundreds of miles to pray there to their creator,” said Roger Flynn, a lawyer for the tribe and the Great Basin Resource Watch.

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