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The Magazine: February 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 6)
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February 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 6)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• The third time is a charm
• Haunted by his past...
• This call will (not) be monitored for security purposes...

by Staff
Legislative And Regulatory Update
• Bill introduced to repeal RAT
• Rock Creek — Alaska
• Rock Creek — Montana
by Staff
Gold Deposits of North Carolina
North Carolina was the site of the first well documented discovery of gold in the United States, which occurred in 1799. Not many years later, when the importance of this find was realized, gold miners came to seek their fortunes.
by Chris Ralph
Turning Waste Rock Into Profit
When others saw piles of waste rock at the former LTV Steel Mining property, Brad Gerlach saw opportunity.
by Associated Press
Dredging the Mokelumne
Gold mining adventures can begin in the most unusual fashion. This one started when the high water receding in May of 1999 disclosed that a tragedy had occurred somewhere upstream of Slaughterhouse Gulch on the north fork of the...
by Tom Leftwich
How to Get Started as a Gold Prospector
The surging price of gold is attracting a whole new generation of prospectors who are looking to find a bit of natural gold out in the hills. It’s certainly a lot different than it was six or eight years ago when gold was stuck below $300 per ounce.
by Chris Ralph
Sunshine Mine is Up and Running Again
Sterling Mining Company has resumed initial production at the Sunshine Mine in Idaho. The company  anticipates a steady increase in production over the next three years until an average daily processing rate of 1,000 tons per day is achieved.
by Staff
Gold at Ponderosa
The winter cold and snow bring with it an entirely different approach to prospecting and mining. Northern California was buried with a ferocious storm in late December and early January that knocked out power for many small towns and buried the...
by Don Robinson
The Juneau Goldfields
The first time I flew into the Juneau area in southeastern Alaska, I was about 5 years old. I recall it was raining and the clouds hung low over the tall mountains. I was sure we’d crash and couldn’t see how the...
by Ron Wendt
Wham Hill
My year in Australia was almost up and playtime was over. Immigration had pulled the plug and it was time to head back to the States.
by Robert Abendschein
Golden Sunlight Seeks Expansion
The Golden Sunlight Mine in Whitehall wants to expand its open pit operations, possibly extending the life of the mine by five years.
by Associated Press
Washington Gold & Fish Regulations Update
The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) announced the release of their new small-scale mining regulations. Public meetings were scheduled at several locations in the state to collect comments, but we learned just prior to press time that the process has come to a halt.
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
What a start to the year! In just the first two weeks of 2008, we saw the price of gold explode to the highest levels in history at $900 per ounce, Crude Oil reach $100 per barrel, some of the world’s largest financial institutions collapse in market value, unrest spread in Pakistan following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the worst jobs report from the Department of Labor in at least two years and the continued erosion of residential real estate values.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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