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February 2017 (Vol. 86, No. 06)

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The Bawl Mill
• EPA doesn’t “pay” by the rules
• 554 million off-limits
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Obama’s parting shots
• California suction dredging
• Oregon follows California’s lead
• Lawsuit coming; bill introduced to stop mining in Washington State
• President Trump halts new federal regulations
by Scott Harn
Ask The Experts
Looking for help on unproven claim
by Chris Ralph
Calcite and Limestone
The other distinguishing feature of calcite has to do with its chemistry. Geologists sometimes take a small bottle of dilute hydrochloric acid out into the field with them because calcite reacts with acids to make a bubbly foam.
by Chris Ralph
MMAC Update
One caller wondered why he should be required to join MMAC, asked why MMAC was not a non-profit, and compared it to some kind of extortion attempt. If he had questions like these, I assume there are others with similar questions and I will address them here.
by Scott Harn
Detecting Basics: Lose the Bad Habits Not the Gold
I will make the assumption that when any of you take a detector in your hand and head out prospecting for gold you are probably anticipating finding some gold. That’s the general idea, right?
by Ray Mills
Feather River Gold
I didn’t think too much of our dredge hole and we were both considering a move when we hit bedrock. There was a good quantity of flakes and fines, but no nuggets.
by Tom Leftwich
Detecting Alluvial Bench Deposits
The same questions you ask yourself about gold trapping features in the present stream can be applied to the benches above the stream. Just imagine the stream at a much earlier time, before it cut its way down to the present level…
by Reese Townes
Underground Mining: Getting the Ore Out
Choosing the right method to move your ore and waste is all about making the right choices. Sometimes more than one method may be used during the life of a mine as an operation expands and grows.
by Chris Ralph
From Vietnam to Wedding Bands
It’s a common symptom of gold fever for miners to be very hesitant to let go of gold they’ve found or even have it made into jewelry. I confess, I suffer from the same incurable disease!
by Ron Kliewer
Trade-Ins, Swaps and Like-Kind Exchanges
While most prospectors, mine operators and business owners are aware that “like-kind” exchanges can be an excellent way to postpone the gain resulting when any of the operation’s assets are disposed of, few give any thought to the value...
by Mark E. Battersby
Melman on Gold & Silver
…they continue to strut around and make declarations and proclamations as if they were still in positions of power. In other words, in political terms, they haven’t “got the message” that they are now in a minority position…
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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January 2017 (Vol. 86, No. 05)

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The Bawl Mill
• Just because it looks American, doesn’t mean it is…
• Attempted hacking by Homeland Security?
• 37% more than they counted on…
• The high price of wind power
by Staff
Ask The Experts
Could you expand on your previous blasting article?
by Chris Ralph
Ask The Experts
Equipment to break up heavy clay
by Chris Ralph
Ask The Experts
“Energy” coming from black sand?
by Chris Ralph
Ask The Experts
Assay problem or recovery problem?
by Chris Ralph
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Trump cabinet forming
• Last minute regulations
• California suction dredging
by Scott Harn
Detecting Strategies for Heavily Forested Areas—Part II
Patience and persistence is the name of the game when you are detecting this way for gold, as you will have to do a lot of work preparing the ground to detect with any degree of success.
by Reese Townes
The Winning Hand
The operation and techniques employed are highly successful in producing free gold with minimal work involved while maintaining an environment protection process through the use of recycled water and a settling pond.
by Tom Leftwich
Early Winter Detecting in the Sierras
The mine site consists of river gravels from an ancient channel covering over 20 acres, and the place is covered with very large river rock and small tree overgrowth.
by Jack Geck
Gangue Minerals - What Do They Tell Us?
There are a large number of different kinds of gangue minerals, and each of them has its own tale to contribute to the story of the chemistry and geology of a deposit.
by Chris Ralph
Mining Districts in Montana Get Organized
Those miners present immediately recognized the benefits of becoming members of MMAC and joined up on the spot. I spent some time answering a few questions, and then the miners took over.
by Scott Harn
Feds Deny Lease Renewals for Minnesota Mine
Two longstanding mineral rights leases that are critical for a proposed large underground copper-nickel mine upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota will not be renewed, two federal agencies announced…
by Associated Press
Obama Administration Moves to Block Mining Near Yellowstone
Republicans and industry representatives have criticized the administration’s eleventh-hour actions to limit development and promised to seek their reversal once Obama leaves office.
by Associated Press
That First Nugget
After getting all the gear together we headed up the old road that led us to an old ground sluice site. George and Kaleb were using lightweight VLF (very low frequency) detectors. I carried a newer technology unit that is just a tad coil-heavy in the front.
by Ray Mills
The Perfect Response
In May, 2016, the Andersons received a letter from Steve Niemela at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife requesting access to their property to conduct surveys for “foothill yellow-legged frogs and other amphibians.”
by Scott Harn
MMAC Update
We will be bringing the first of several bills that were requested by Congress during a previous MMAC trip and presenting maps depicting all the MMAC-assisted Mining Districts.
by Scott Harn
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
One area receiving huge attention is the promised ascension of free market concepts associated with Trump versus the government-dominated Keynesian ideas previously advocated by both President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
by Leonard Melman

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