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Geotimes is a free electronic newsfeed for the geoscience community. Originally launched as GeoSpectrum, a newsletter of the American Geosciences Institute in 1995, Geotimes has been reborn as the go-to source of information on AGI's 52 Member Societies. The American Geosciences Institute coordinates and edits Geotimes, but it is the result of contributed materials from societies, geoscience organizations and others in the community.

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House holds oversight hearing on hardrock mining

Excavator mining

On July 20, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing to discuss the future of hardrock mining in the United States. Streamlining the permitting process, royalties reform, and reclamation concerns were among the topics discussed at the hearing.

House and Senate committees approve five appropriations bills for DOE, CJS, and Interior and Environment

U.S. Capitol with flag

The House of Representatives has been moving Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget bills out of committee more quickly than the Senate. The full House has passed one bill, for the Department of Defense; no appropriations bills have reached the Senate floor yet. Congress and the President must agree a budget or a Continuing Resolution by September 30 to avoid a government shutdown. More detail on agency budgets is available here.

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? Consider NSS' Bat Ball! #caves

Promotional Poster for the NSS Bat Ball.
The National Speleological Society is hosting their second Bat Ball to ring in 2018. If you're in Huntsville, Alabama consider hanging out with some cavers and celebrate the New Year with dinner, dancing and a champagne toast! Caver-made craft libations will featured to keep the party going. In addition to the Bat Ball, guests are encouraged to camp for the long weekend and take in the sights, both above- and below-ground.

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