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April 6, 2009

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – The award-winning film Red Gold will be shown in recognition of Earth Day at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 in the Viterbo University Reinhart Center room 107.

Red Gold is a documentary about the proposed Pebble Mine and its effects on the lives of people who live and work in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

The Bristol Bay region of southeastern Alaska is home to the Kyichak and Nushagak Rivers, the two most prolific sockeye salmon runs left in the world. Two mining companies have proposed an open-pit and underground mine at the headwaters of the two rivers. The area is the second largest deposit of copper, gold, and molybdenum ever discovered and has an estimated value of more than $300 billion. Despite promises of a clean project by mining officials, the accident-plagued history of hard rock mining has wrought one of the biggest land use issues Alaska has ever faced.

The event is sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and the Coulee Region Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is free and open to the public. For more information about the film, visit

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