Colorado county to regulate panning for gold

Whether drawn to it because of the bad economy, or just wanting to connect with the past, residents of Larimer County may no longer be allowed to pan for gold. Blame it on government regulation.

Larimer County officials say they’ve been in contact with more people out prospecting in the past 18 months than they have in a span of the last 10 to 15 years. The increase in people panning for gold has led officials to consider a vote to ban or limit the activity.

“We’re really just trying to put that regulatory structure in place, and kind of slow things down,” Dan Rieves, visitor services manager for Larimer County, said.

“There are other issues that the county commissioners, I feel, should be devoting their efforts to,” said recreational prospector Darrell Koleber.

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