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By Dan Rudy 

Drive looking to get Alaskans 'Xtratuf' on mines


A region-wide campaign is kicking off, so to speak, with opponents of British Columbia mining projects collecting as many pairs of Alaska’s ubiquitous rubber boots as it can.

Once assembled, the mountain of footwear will be deposited on Gov. Bill Walker’s lawn later this month. Collection locations have been set up in Petersburg, Sitka and Juneau, and in Wrangell donation boxes have been set up at Marine Artist Brenda Schwartz-Yeager’s shop and other local stores.

The campaign is being driven by Inside Passage Waterkeeper, a Juneau-based affiliate of the International Waterkeeper Alli...

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