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ICMJ Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 4

   
ICMJ's Prospecting & Mining Journal
From the Editor November 2011
 
November 2011 
The November 2011 issue has been completed and is on its way to subscribers. You may have noticed that your magazines are a bit thicker lately -- we're up to 80 pages per issue now. 
 
Below you'll find recent news that came in after we completed the issue that we wanted to pass on to you. Some of these items concern new regulations that are currently open for public comment. Please take a moment to send in your comments to the appropriate agency or board to help retain our mining rights. 
 
In this newsletter we are including are a couple of free online articles (links below) from our November issue. Links to all the new articles are also listed below for those of you who have purchased online access. (Online access is only $4 additional per year -- give us a call if you would like to add this feature.)
 
The Christmas season is approaching, and there's no better gift than a subscription for that prospector or miner on your list! Order online or give us a call by December 15 and we'll make sure they get their first issue by Christmas! 
 
Also, our 2012 Gold Prospecting & Mining Summit will return to the Eldorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California, on May 12-13. Make your plans now to come and join us to see the latest mining and prospecting equipment and receive expert instruction from our writers and staff. Additional hands-on training will be scheduled for May 14 at several locations. The hands-on training is still being finalized -- look for the schedule to be published in your January 2012 issue and/or on our website on January 5, 2012.  
  
Sincerely,
Scott Harn, Editor/Publisher
ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal
 
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Recent News

>Public Lands for the People has filed a request for a Preliminary Injunction in San Bernardino County Superior Court against California to restore the rights of suction gold dredgers. PLP files motion for preliminary injunction against State of California to reopen suction dredging 
 
>A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the State of Wyoming and in favor of the Clinton-era Roadless Rule, stating that rule does not designate wilderness outside the reach of Congress. States across the West stand to lose access to millions of acres if Wyoming does not appeal -- there is no word yet on whether an appeal is imminent. Wyoming can seek a hearing from the full 10th Circuit Court and to the US Supreme Court. Several Republican legislators have already introduced bills to revoke the Roadless Rule, but it's unlikely such a bill will be successful unless Republicans can capture the Senate in the 2012 elections. Read the 10th Circuit Court opinion
 
>The California Regional Water Quality Control Board for the North Coast Region is proposing to implement an Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Policy. You can bet that their proposal will include further restrictions and prohibitions for miners. Public meetings are scheduled for November 3 and November 8. Comments are due by November 18. California Water Board proposes a new restoration policy -- Comments needed 
 
>Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar has ordered the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement to be integrated into the Bureau of Land Management " to further strengthen the bureaus' mining regulations and abandoned mine land reclamation programs." Read the Secretarial Order
 
>The Bakersfield (California) Resource Management Plan (RMP) has been published by the Bureau of Land Management and is open to public comments. The area covered by this RMP is huge, running from Madera south all the way to Ventura, and from west San Luis Obispo County east to Lake Isabella. Please take some time to review the RMP and submit your constructive comments to help prevent abuse of your mining rights and rights to access. Comments are due by December 9, 2011. Go to BLM site for the Bakersfield RMP
 
 
November 2011 Issue (Vol. 81, No. 3) 

FREE online articles:

Are Permits Needed for Highbanking in California?
by Scott Harn
...this contradicts the fact that mining claimants are considered landowners with exclusive rights to possess and use that claim, and miners have "riparian rights" on mining claims that do not require permitting.
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Prospecting Australia-Part II: There and Back Again
by Chris Ralph
Steve got his first nugget within minutes of turning on his metal detector. It only took me about an hour to find my first piece.

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View the full Table of Contents for the November issue
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 Articles available to SUBSCRIBERS WITH ONLINE ACCESS:

The Bawl Mill by Staff
-Training to be greener, but still unemployed
-By the Numbers
-Notable Quotes
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Legislative and Regulatory Update by Scott Harn
-Republican bill would reopen Grand Canyon withdrawal
-Obama recommends additional fees and taxes on miners
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Ask The Experts-Compensation for closed mining claim? by Chris Ralph
Q: I have a gold claim that the BLM just closed. Should I get compensation for the value of the claim?
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Ask The Experts-Inconsistent fire assays by Chris Ralph
Q: ...He consistently comes up with values much higher on the same ore samples.
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Gold From Cemented Gravels by Chris Ralph
The truth is that cemented gravels are really not all that complex. There is no mystery of how gold grew there or somehow wormed its way into these solid gravels.
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Evolution Of A Gold Prospect by R V Larson
The adage of, "The harder I work, the luckier I get," has profound meaning, but it doesn't always apply to prospecting.
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Gold, Quartz & Chalcedony-Part II by W. Dan Hausel
The specific gravity of chalcedony is 2.58 to 2.64. This is slightly lower than coarsely crystalline quartz because of slight porosity in chalcedony. Being so light, it will easily wash out of a gold pan.
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Are Permits Needed For Highbanking in California? by Scott Harn
...this contradicts the fact that mining claimants are considered landowners with exclusive rights to possess and use that claim, and miners have "riparian rights" on mining claims that do not require permitting.
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Prospecting Australia-Part II: There and Back Againby Chris Ralph
Steve got his first nugget within minutes of turning on his metal detector. It only took me about an hour to find my first piece.
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Alaska to Target Rare-Earths by Becky Bohrer
Alaska is in the midst of assessing its rare-earth resources, an effort pushed by Governor Sean Parnell, who sees them as another example of where the US is reliant on foreign sources to meet its needs.
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Minnesota Delays Decision on Mineral Leases by Patrick Condon
Landowners complained that mineral mining on or near their property could damage property values while leaving them without a cut of potential profits.
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Alaska's Cripple Creek Mining District by Jim Halloran
If developed with metal detecting in mind, this virgin ground could be a bonanza for nugget hunting.
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The Gold of Horseshoe Bend by Tom Leftwich
And we eventually reached gold. It was a winding crevice of beautiful white quartz lined with small nuggets and loaded with fine gold. There were flakes and small granular pieces-there had to be a hundred or more.
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Tyrie's Roadway Nugget by Tyrie Bivings
I will have to admit, I actually was brought to tears just thinking about what I had just done. I knew the gold was there, but I never thought I would be so fortunate to find such a prize nugget.
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Melman on Gold & Silver by Leonard Melman
In our opinion, these dizzying up and down moves reflect not so much a change in the direction of hard data, but rather fluctuations in sentiment regarding the degree of danger relating to the overall international economic structure.
 
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