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The Magazine: December 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 4)
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December 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 4)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• Alabama Governor says they can't afford the Affordable Care Act
• To secede or not to secede?—That is the petition...
• By the numbers...

by Staff
Ask the Experts
Questions regarding patented and unpatented mining claims and the legal rights surrounding them.
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
What is the best type of mat to use in a high banker set up?
by Chris Ralph
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Increase in claim fees
• Impact of recent elections
• Current suction gold dredging status in California
• Parks in Southern California
by Scott Harn
Detecting at the Sixteen to One Mine
A while back I was given a very special opportunity to take my metal detector to one of the most famous gold mines in all of California, the Original Sixteen to One mine in Alleghany.
by Chris Ralph
Prospecting for Gold at Green Valley
In October, five of us decided to take an exploration trip into an area called Green Valley. This was perhaps ten miles upstream from where we had gone in September and the difficulty was access. One would think that based on the name it was an easily accessible area not far from a nearby town. This couldn’t be more wrong.
by Don Robinson
Extraction of Precious Metals Using Froth Flotation
Without this versatile group of technologies, we would be hard-pressed to produce the metals so critical to our modern way of life. The robust mining industry of today would literally not exist.
by Bill Rich
Detecting Old Ground Sluice Locations
Ground sluicing, surfacing and scratching are a few names given to the recovery of gold in shallow areas. Where I live, the hills are dotted with small surface diggings.
by Ray Mills
Mineral Deposit Trends: Real and Imaginary
One of the most important things prospectors do is work to figure out where to go prospecting. Along with understanding the basic geology and putting yourself in a favorable area, one of the things a prospector might consider in finding a location to search is the existence of mining belts also known as mineral deposit trends.
by Chris Ralph
Four Arrested for California Mining Museum Heist
Four men believed to be responsible for a September heist of about $1.3 million in precious gems and gold from a mining museum in the Sierra Nevada foothills have been arrested, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said.
by Associated Press
Scams, Scammers and Schemes
Gold mining has received many black eyes from many scams, scammers and schemes throughout the years. Unscrupulous scammers have swindled naive people for millions of dollars in the past and will, no doubt, continue into the future.
by Jim Halloran
Lawsuit Update From the New 49'ers
Many of you are aware that we have been engaged in litigation with anti-mining activists that have been attacking us through the Karuk Tribe of California since 2003. It all started with their lawsuit against the US Forest Service (USFS), challenging that District Rangers do not have the authority to allow small-scale mining activities under a Notice of Intent (NOI) when the Ranger concludes that the mining activity is not likely to create a substantial surface disturbance.
by Dave McCracken
Constitutional Sheriffs Standing Up for Our Rights
Modoc County, California, is the latest county to use emergency powers to declare a state of emergency in order to take control of roads and trails away from federal agencies.
by Scott Harn
What's Left Behind
I love to see old-timer workings while I am out detecting for gold. For one thing, it assures me that gold came from there. Second, it tells me gold should almost certainly still be there.
by Michael Greyshock
Melman on Gold & Silver
Talk about “déjà vu!” Americans woke up early morning Tuesday, November 6 with a Democratic President; a Senate with a narrow Democratic lead and a House with a strong Republican majority. They went to bed late Tuesday night with a Democratic President; a Senate with a narrow Democratic lead and a House with a strong Republican majority.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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