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The Magazine: May 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 9)
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May 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 9)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• And the award goes to...
• How about a cold one?

by Scott Harn
Original Sixteen to One Goes to Court—Challenges MSHA Citations Part II
In the April 2001 issue of ICMJ,  we published the opening statement of Michael Miller, President of Original Sixteen to One, in his administrative challenge of MSHA citations. Following is Michael Miller’s closing statement.
by Guest Writer
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• BLM Proposes suspension of 3809 regulation changes
• Monuments addressed by new administration
• Progress made on Clinton's Roadless Rule
• Changes at USFS
• Federal agencies pull back salmon biological opinion
by Staff
The Golden Triangle of Sonora, Mexico
The “Golden Triangle” dry placer district in Sonora, Mexico, lies some 80 to 100 miles south of the border. It is in desert terrain at elevations between 1,900 and 2,300 feet above sea level.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Using Legal Subdivision
“Legal Subdivision” is a method used to describe various tracts of land, including most placer mining claims. Anyone wanting to research mining claims in order to find “open ground,” for the purpose of prospecting and/or locating a mining claim, will need to know how to use this tool.
by Tom Kitchar
Placer vs. Lode Gold
For centuries gold has been a symbol of wealth for both individuals and nations. Because of its chemical and physical resistance it has been widely sought after by early explorers whose only motive was to find new sources of gold.
by Jim Straight
Gold Tellurides: Tellurium, an Assay Impurity
What is a gold telluride? Simply put, it is a chemical combination of gold, silver and tellurium...
by Don Robinson
Court Hears Arguments Over Rights to Shipwreck
Nearly a century after the luxury liner RMS Republic sank off Nantucket, treasure hunters are still battling over the ship’s cargo, which some believe includes gold coins now worth more than $1 billion.
by Associated Press
Picks & Pans: How to Succeed in a Small Mine, A Case History: 1990-2000
The first requirement for a successful mine operation is a market for the product, metallic or nonmetallic. The second requirement is to deliver a quality salable product...
by Dr. Ralph E. Pray
Charcoal Crucible Recipe
...using charcoal briquettes (and no starter fluid) and a few other easily attainable ingredients.
by Charles L. Butler
Discovery of the Mountain Pass REO Deposit
How does one go about discovering a rare earth oxide (REO) deposit when he is not familiar with the rare and unusual rocks and minerals that are found in such deposits? That was the case at Mountain Pass, California, yet the deposit was eventually discovered and mined.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Romance of the Old Silver King
One of Arizona’s richest silver producers was the fabulously rich Silver King Mine of Pinal County. This incredible deposit was first discovered in 1875 during the construction of the famous Stoneman Grade, which connects present day Superior to Globe, Arizona. From 1877 to 1888 the famous Silver King Mine was in operation and during that brief span of time it produced an astounding $16,000,000 in silver.
by Robert P. Ezzo
Record-Breaking Alaskan Nugget for Sale
Clay described working the placer claim with his D-6 in 1998, “when this big one just rolled....."
by Staff
Company Notes
• Canyon Resources
• Vista Gold Corp.
• Placer Dome Inc.
• Royal Gold, Inc.
by Staff
Nevada Gold Production Up Despite Lower Prices
Despite lower prices, Nevada gold production increased slightly last year and the state continues to produce about three-fourths of the nation’s gold.
by Associated Press
Gold in Guatemala
The Central American nation of Guatemala is better known for civil unrest, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions than it is for gold. However, there is gold in the country, and there are undoubtedly many undiscovered deposits in the jungles and rainforests.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Bush Taps Utah Resident for Labor Post
President Bush has said he will nominate a Utah mining consultant to become Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health (MSHA).
by Associated Press
Looking Back
Excerpts from CMJ, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
If this past month has proved anything, it is the reversible nature of the rule that “what goes up must come down” which now also can read “what goes down must come up.”
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Honda Pares Down Use of Precious Metals in Autos
Honda Motor Co. said it will begin using new catalytic converter technology it believes will slash use of  pricey precious metals in auto emission-control systems by 50 to 70 percent.
by Associated Press

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