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ICMJ Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 1

April 28, 2010
ICMJ Newsletter - Vol. 1, No. 1


Welcome to the first edition of our online newsletter. The May issue has been printed and is on its way to subscribers. A few important items of interest came to light after the issue was printed and I wanted to pass that information on to you, our readers.


Prospectors fight Auburn Recreation Area closure to mining
(ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal)
After we sent the May issue to press we learned that California State Parks issued an order closing the Auburn State Recreation Area to use of gold mining equipment...

Feds move to take control of all waters
(ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal)
The bill is an effort to take control of all waters of the United States and all activities that might affect those waters by removing the word "navigable" from the Clean Water Act and give the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers authority...


Western lawmakers join in opposition of bill to allow federal regulation of all US waters
(Congressional Western Caucus)
Members of the Congressional Western Caucus joined in opposition to legislation introduced today by Democratic Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN) that seeks to provide the federal government with jurisdictional authority over all water across the entire United States.

Senator Reid to push climate bill before immigration
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Wednesday he would work to pass energy legislation before tackling immigration reform, a strategy that might restore the bipartisan coalition behind the climate change bill push.

DeFazio, Wyden and Merkley Push to Protect Natural Treasures in Southwest Oregon from Mining
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) this week sent a second letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack calling on the Obama administration to take immediate action to protect three natural treasures in southwest Oregon from mining activity.

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May 2010 Issue


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Metals Trader Blows the Whistle on Gold & Silver Price Manipulation
Maguire and the traders and companies they represent were all aware of the price manipulation and were all profiting from it, but it became such a regular occurrence that his conscience told him it was time to put a stop to it. That’s when he contacted the CFTC. By
Scott Harn
Oregon Requires Permit for Hand Sluicing
At the time of this writing the draft permit for dredging in Oregon, which may also include small-scale operations like hand sluicing or possibly even panning, was not available for public comment or review. By
Chris Ralph
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The Bawl Mill
• Fed up with the feds
• Energy Star Idiot
 Legislative and Regulatory Update
• DOI backs mill sites
• Arizona goes to bat for miners
• Battles continue in California
• Climate change legislation
Scott Harn
Ask The Experts: How to handle gold in cyanide; how to sample a platinum deposit
Is there a method which can be done safely to get the metals to drop out of the cyanide solution? What is the best way to learn how to evaluate the potential of this serpentine platinum deposit potential?
Chris Ralph
Prospecting for Hardrock Gold - "Eureka!" (Part III)
A quartz piece was rolled over and there it was, staring right at us—beautiful, coarse gold coming right out of the quartz rock. It was almost the size of a softball, and it looked like over one quarter of it had gold throughout!
Don Robinson
Gold Prospecting in Maine - Part II
After cleaning the bedrock I figured it was time for a little peak at the upper mat. We lifted the black rubber flap up and there was gold everywhere.
Stan D'Orio
American Manganese
Exploration geologists looking for strategic metals projects may find open ground in some of the old historic manganese mine areas as manganese has been largely overlooked as an exploration target for many decades.
Chris Ralph
California Water Board Tries to Restrict Dredging
She explained that she didn’t like the numbers that the computer model gave her for this section of river, so she “adjusted the numbers by hand” to more accurately reflect what she thought they should be.
Scott Harn
Detecting for Gold in Australia
When I got back to my patch, every signal was a nugget, and I was burning up with the gold fever.
Fred Mason
Investors Take a Shine to Platinum, Palladium
Move over gold and make way for platinum and palladium. Investors are taking a shine to these lesser-known precious metals as their prices rise.
Associated Press
Melman on Gold & Silver
The figures speak for themselves. According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total compensation package for state and local government workers in America is $39.66 per hour, compared to $27.42 in the private sector.
Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes & Mineral and Metal Prices