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The Magazine: January 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 5)
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January 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 5)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• If at first you don’t succeed...
• Ooops!
• By the numbers...

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• A bumpy ride for miners...
• Speaking of climate change...
• "Recreational" mining
by Scott Harn
A Word From the Editor
Last year was an extreme roller coaster ride for the economy, mining companies, and precious metal prices, and 2009 looks like it’s shaping up to be another wild ride.
by Scott Harn
Reading A River: Finding The Paystreaks—Part II
How to read a river for gold deposits.How to read a river to find gold. In this second of a two-part series, we will take a look at how a river’s grade affects the formation of paystreaks, and how to go about reading a river to see the various catches and parts of a stream where...
by Chris Ralph
Placer Gold in the Ortiz Mountains
Gold from the Ortiz Mountains, New Mexico.New Mexico’s Ortiz Mountains rise in irregular volcanic peaks above the surrounding plains, or llano, some 30 miles northeast of Albuquerque and about 14 miles to the south of my home outside the state capital of Santa Fe.
by Jim Rocha
Miners Discuss Struggles at NWMA
Falling metal prices and rising production costs have squeezed profits in recent months, forcing many mine layoffs and putting some new mines on hold. Now, the industry is gearing up for another fight over mining reform legislation with a Congress that has fewer mining supporters after November’s elections that saw Democratic majorities increase in both houses.
by Martin Griffith
Ask The Experts—Where to Take Sulfide Ore for Processing
Q: I have a high grade silver-copper vein. In my area of NE Washington, hundreds of these veins were mined and shipped ore years ago. The vein is not a problem to mine, the problem is whom do I sell the sulfide ore to these days?...
by Chris Ralph
Ask The Experts—Where Would The Most Gold Tend To Be In This Deposit?
Q: I live in SW Oregon, Gold Beach... I am getting small gold from this paleoplacer. Where would the most gold tend to be, in the sediment holding the pebbles together or in certain...rocks such as quartz breccia in the conglomerate?
by Chris Ralph
East Coast Dredger Heads West - Part I
Dredging on the North Fork of the Salmon River, California.Prospectors east of the Mississippi have their share of gold bearing property to explore and prospect upon. There’s plenty of undiscovered gold on the bottoms of the creeks and rivers running through the eastern gold belt.
by David Shackleton
Growing Pains of the Learning Curve
A seven-ounce nugget recovered by the author with a metal detector.Interestingly enough, when I first started to think about writing this article I was listening in on a conversation my wife was having with our nine-year-old twin boys. Just to add some clarification to the subject, I spend a large proportion of my time out in the...
by Jonathan Porter
Stillwater At Half Speed
Stillwater Mining Company’s East Boulder platinum and palladium mine is back in operation, with its staff cut in half...
by Associated Press
Elko County Has Highest State Median Income
New statistics released by the US Census Bureau show Elko County has the highest median family income in Nevada, thanks to the mining industry.
by Associated Press
Melman on Gold & Silver
As the tumultuous year of 2008 finally draws to a close, economic issues dominate the world’s headlines as country after country and industry after industry continue to be affected by the worst economic contraction since the Great Depression.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Pebble Deposit Reveals Mineral Potential
The vast potential of the Pebble deposit is becoming more clear each day.
by Associated Press

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