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The Magazine: January 2008 (Vol.77, No. 5)
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January 2008 (Vol.77, No. 5)

Table of Contents

The Journal Welcomes Chris Ralph as Associate Editor
Chris has been a regular contributor to the Journal for several years, and we are proud to announce that he will be joining our staff...
by Staff
The Bawl Mill
• The environmental Robin Hood
• But it looked good on paper...
• Low-quality reputation hits home

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Forest Service proposes further changes to mining regs
• Preble’s mouse resurrected
by Staff
Global Hunter
Chile may be considered geographically a part of Latin and South America, but it is remarkably different from other notable nations belonging to that region such as Mexico and Peru.
by Leonard Melman
New Study of the Formation of Nuggets—Part II
Last month we took a look at the origins of coarse gold nuggets and the results of some new science about how they form. This new information pointed out that many nuggets once thought to be of secondary origin are formed under hot conditions...
by Chris Ralph
Michigan DEQ Approves Upper Peninsula Mine
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved permits allowing Kennecott Minerals, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, to operate a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula.
by John Flesher
Let’s Go Crevicing for Gold
People have been looking for gold in every manner possible since the big gold boom in 1849, so what chance do we have of getting anything in today’s world where literally thousands of prospectors and fortune seekers have been before us?
by Chris Ralph
Mining Restrictions Lifted in Southwest Alaska
Mining restrictions will be lifted on about 1 million acres of federal land in southwest Alaska, officials have announced.
by Associated Press
Silver Bonanza in the Sierra Madre: The Glorious Past of Batopilas—Conclusion
The first Madero Revolution broke out in Mexico on November 20, 1910. On December 27, a revolutionary party exacted supplies, arms, and mules from the company until January 7, 1911, when the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the federal government destroyed three and a half tons of their dynamite near Baquiachi. On September 8, 1912, Batopilas was captured, a local garrison driven out, and the company forced to pay 10,000 pesos. Federal forces retook the town September 19.
by Steve Wilson
2007 Annual Photo Contest Winners
by Staff
Exploring La Trinidad Mine
This was a trail for a mountain goat. It was wide enough for a person to travel, clear enough except for lots of broken shale, but steep, really steep. I was beginning to question my sanity as the eight of us dropped almost 1,200 feet down the mountainside in order to locate La Trinidad Mine. Just as it seemed we might have missed it, there it was in all its glory.
by Don Robinson
There’s Still Gold In Oregon’s Umpqua River
The Umpqua River, located in the heart of western Oregon, flows for several miles nearly alongside Interstate Highway Five.
by David Knowlen
Melman on Gold & Silver
Not being a psychiatrist, this writer is not aware of the specific term for a condition laymen refer to as “split personality.” However, whatever that term might be, it would be wholly appropriate for the news background during the past month. We were first subjected to one news story after another that suggested that our economic world was on a truly shaky foundation—and then, suddenly, we were “blessed” with a barrage of positive developments.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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