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Malheur County approves zoning, sage grouse permits for Nevada mining firm

ONTARIO – The Malheur County Planning Commission last month approved two applications for a Nevada mining firm, keeping on track plans for a proposed gold and silver mine southwest of Vale.

In its April 25 decision, the commission approved a conditional use permit and special conditions to accommodate sage grouse habitat on county-controlled land at the Grassy Mountain site.

The commission decision allows mining activity on a 62-acre parcel of land that is zoned range use. 

The sage grouse permit clears the way for large scale development inside the area catalogued as a low-density for the bird. 

State law calls for certain counties in Oregon – such as Malheur – to consider impacts to sage grouse when deliberating a major development. 

Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. plans to build the mine on three claims at . . .