Evening Conversation: Mining at the Headwaters of the Salmon River
Tuesday, April 9, 20189, 6:30pm- 8:00pm
Boise State Radio Community Room 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd (Yanke Family Research Park)
Laurel Sayer , Justin Hayes


In January, the City Club of Boise launched a new Evening Conversation event designed to bring differing, and potentially contentious view points to the table, while allowing a civil and engaged audience into the conversation. Our aspiration is that during the dialog portion of these Evening Conversation events, Members may disagree without being disagreeable and in keeping with those values, zealous advocacy will be embraced, as long as such advocacy is civil, responsible, and reflects City Club’s mission. We ask guests of this Evening Conversation to be mindful of others during the engaged dialog bound to occur during these conversations, and beyond. Our hope is that this intimate setting will open the doors for even more engaged citizenry in our community around relevant and difficult topics to be presented.


Midas Gold wants to open the old Stibnite Mining District to extract millions of ounces of gold and millions of pounds of antimony. Their promise? To not only restore the area after they are done, but also to mitigate the damages of past mining operations. Idaho Conservation League and almost every other conservation group is opposed to the project. Their concern is the headwaters of the South Fork of the Salmon River. They say that the entire downstream river is at risk.


Join in the Evening Conversation with Laurel Sayer, CEO of Midas Gold Idaho and Justin Hayes, Program Director for the Idaho Conservation League for a Civil Discussion of this important issue.



Civility will be required. City Club champions “passionately non-partisan” discussion between diverse perspectives.



Time: 6:30 PM -8:00 PM

Location: Boise State Radio Community Room

220 E. Parkcenter Blvd (Yanke Family Research Park)

Event Cost:

$15 City Club Member price

$18 Non-member price




*Attendance will be limited to 20 people to allow everyone the opportunity to engage in the conversation.


Water and lite refreshments will be provided during this event.




Ms. Laurel Sayer has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Midas Gold Idaho, Inc. since September 20, 2016. Ms. Sayer has been an Executive Director of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts since 2013 and serves on the Idaho Non-profit Center Board of Directors. Ms. Sayer served as an Independent Director at Midas Gold Corp. since November 12, 2014 until September 20, 2016. She spent more than two decades working with the Idaho congressional delegation, most recently in Idaho as the director of natural resource issues and policy for Congressman Mike Simpson. She served on the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2009, including serving as chair from 2007 to 2008. She was appointed by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to the Idaho Commission on the Arts and served as vice-chair from 1999 to 2014 and also served as chair and vice-chair of the Idaho Falls Arts Council from 1999 to 2012. Ms. Sayer has developed substantial expertise in building consensus amidst diverse opinions and political ideologies of key stakeholders in a variety of situations, successfully creating meaningful relationships with local, state, regional and federal government agencies.


Justin Hayes oversees the Idaho Conservation League’s conservation programs, which protect Idaho’s water quality, wildlands, climate and the quality of life enjoyed by all Idahoans. Justin also carries out much of ICL’s more technical work related to air quality, water quality and mining. In addition, he coordinates all of the organization’s litigation. Justin has been the program director for the Idaho Conservation League since 2001.


Justin’s unique blend of science-based technical skills, public policy and lobbying experience, and expertise gained from his dual undergraduate degrees in human biology and earth systems and master’s degree from Stanford University’s School of Earth Sciences, ensures that ICL’s work is grounded in sound science and best practices. Justin also relies on experience gained during his years working as an environmental advocate in Washington, D.C., time spent lobbying in the Idaho Statehouse, and his interest in connecting people to policy makers and elected officials.


A native Idahoan, Justin rejoices in the knowledge that his work is protecting the things that make Idaho a great place to live — our spectacular landscapes, clean air and clean water.




City Club thanks our Premier Sponsor, Northwest Nazarene University and the NNU School of Business and our Annual sponsor, Idaho Humanities Council.