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The Magazine: December 2002 (Vol. 72, No. 4)
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December 2002 (Vol. 72, No. 4)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
Your tax dollars at work
He's an "expert" in stupidity
No sense of humor
by Staff
Original Sixteen-to-One Mine Fights On
In our April and May 2001 issues we reported on the administrative hearings involving the 16-to-1 Mine and their fight against countless MSHA citations, many of which seemed to be driven by inspectors following their own agenda.
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Federal election results should be favorable to miners
• Utah residents reject proposed National Monument
• Fish and Wildlife told to disclose locations of endangered species
by Staff
Solar-Powered Placer Sampling Equipment
One hundred and seven years ago the world’s first electric-powered bucket line dredge started to work in Montana. This summer, Montana likely saw its first solar-powered Denver Gold Saver put to work.
by Steve Hicks
Working the Belmont Mine—1953 (Part 3—Conclusion)
Tuesday morning started off much like Monday except Jack wasn’t packing a bunch of drill bits. We wandered off toward the bottom of the raise, adjusted our bed boards, had a cup of coffee from our buckets, and smoked a cigarette. Then Jack stretched, stood up, and remarked, “Guess I might as well go up and see what it looks like. You wait here for now. When I call down, send up a section of ladder and eight laggings.”
by Bob Schlosser
Company Notes
• Sterling Mining Company
• Pan American Silver Corp.
• Vista Gold Corp.
• Fronteer Development Group
• US Gold Corp.
• NovaGold Resources
by Staff
Picks & Pans: Gold and Bears
It was my fourth prospecting trip to Paradise Valley, Alaska, and I arrived in late July. I spent the first seven days with claim owner Mick Manns and his helper, Brian. It was one of my best trips yet and I wish I could have shared it...
by Tom Kunkler
Gold in North Dakota
North Dakota, 70,704 square miles in area, is situated on the Great Plains, in the geographic center of the North American continent. It is bounded on the north by Canada.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
The North Star Mine
Back in the early 1800s, there was a gold mine being dug in a mining community called Garden Valley. Garden Valley is located northeast of Sacramento, between Georgetown and Coloma. They called it Garden Valley because there were some miners who thought there might be more money in growing and selling vegetables than in mining for gold.
by Reggie Gould
Dectecting Alaskan Gold Nuggets
Probably the best friend known to the Alaskan nugget shooter is the bulldozer. The bulldozer can open up a lot of opportunity for the metal detecting prospector. Along creeks and valleys where bulldozers have torn up overburden and exposed the...
by Ron Wendt
The Ancient History of Gold
Man was aware of the presence of gold over 7,000 years ago, and it probably did not take him long to find out that gold was malleable and resistant to corrosion. He no doubt learned, at an early date, that objects could be fashioned from gold.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Columbians Continue Search for Emeralds
Despite a drop in emerald production in Colombia, “green fever” still burns among miners who yearn to find a stone big or pure enough to answer all their worldy needs.
by Associated Press
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
If there was ever a month for the financial markets to rejoice, the one just past would appear to have been ideal. Oil prices declined sharply...the Fed revved up the economy by smashing short-term interest rates to their lowest levels since World War II...and, perhaps most important of all, the Republican Party now has possession of a clean sweep of American political power, controlling the Presidency, Senate and House while Conservatives dominate the Supreme Court.
by Leonard Melman

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