Billy Joe Bagwell, the last gold miner living on a claim in Angeles National Forest, won a temporary reprieve from a federal order that called for him and his family to move from the public land by Labor Day weekend.
Bagwell, 45, said he was relieved and happy that the effort to move him was delayed. But he remains upset that federal officials will not grant him the blasting permit he needs to continue mining.
Bagwell, who has represented himself in court proceedings, said Tuesday: "How can I operate without a blasting permit? Now I say: 'Please give me a blasting permit.' They say: 'No, no, no.' "
Justice Department officials handling the case had no comment.
Last month, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco granted Bagwell's request for a stay of a District Court decision ordering him off the public land, pending his appeal of that ruling.