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The Magazine: November 1999 (Vol. 69, No. 3)
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November 1999 (Vol. 69, No. 3)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• Are you paying for others' risk-taking?...
• They call it the "impalement captial of the United States"—and not to be funny!...
by Staff
USPS Delays ICMJ Delivery at Oakland, CA Processing Center
Once again, we've been deluged with telephone calls complaining about delivery of the International California Mining Journal...
by Kenneth Harn
Another Gold Heist Reported at Nome
Nome had its second gold heist in as many weeks October 1st and the victims of both thefts are offering a $10,000 reward for information...
by Associated Press
No Need to Rewrite Mining Regs, NAS Study Confirms
The findings substantiate what the Northwest Mining Association (NWMA) has been saying since Department of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt first began an ill-conceived rule making over three years ago.
by Associated Press
BLM Filing Requirements for Small Miners' Waiver
If you file for a waiver of any kind, except under the provisions of the Soldier's and Sailor's Relief Act, you must file either a notice of intent to hold or an affidavit of labor by the December 30th immediately following the September 1st waiver filing.
by Staff
Asarco Accepts Phelps Dodge Buyout
Asarco Inc. accepted a sweetened buyout offer from Phelps Dodge Corp., setting up a three-way, $2.9 billion deal that will make Phelps Dodge the world's largest copper producer.
by Associated Press
Once Lonely, Mojave Desert Phone Now World's Companion
Now, from all corners of the world, at all hours of the day and night, people call, trying to reach out and touch someone. Anyone, really, who might happen to be passing by when the Mojave Phone Booth starts ringing.
by Associated Press
Judge Blocks Road Protest
A federal judge has blocked a citizens' group from re-building a remote mountain road, a project that state and local officials feared might lead to violence.
by Associated Press
Company to Sue Over Stymied Gold Mine
A Colorado company that saw its plans for a big Montana gold mine derailed by a 1998 voter initiative says it will sue the state for hundreds of millions of dollars, to cover loss of the project.
by Associated Press
No Mining / Logging on 40 Million Acres
Roadless areas in 35 states would be affected under the plan.
by Kenneth Harn
Catastrophism vs. Uniformitarianism
Man has always wondered how the Earth was created, and how oceans, mountains, and other features were formed. However, until the last 200 years, most phenomena were explained by means of legends, superstitions, or religion. It is still that way in many parts of the world.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
1st Annual Placer County Open Gold Panning Championships—1999
Before it was over, 200 buckets of gravel and gold were swished and swirled in competition to determine who was the best gold panner in the County.
by Annie Robinson
Picks & Pans: The Ten-Pennyweight Nugget
It was June 6th, 1999 at 7:00 am when I started hiking to the river with my final load of dredge equipment. Hearing the flow of water in the South Fork of the Yuba River and the call of birds up and down the canyon, I added some whistles of my own just to annoy the nearby birds.
by John Anderson
Legislative and Regulatory Update
Robert Sanregret—Attorney at Law
Western Mining Council
National Association of Mining Districts
by Staff
Mining in Sonora, Mexico
So you want to do some gold mining in Mexico. What do you need, where do you go, how do you begin? You begin before you even cross the border.
by Len Padios
Pullin' the Pin
I first saw Pioche, Nevada while hitch-hiking into town in an old Ford with three good tires and one wheel hammered to an ugly steel disc on fifty miles of blacktop.
by Dr. Ralph E. Pray
Land of Golden Dreams—California in the Gold Rush Decade
San Marino, California—"Boys, I believe I have found a gold mine!" With these simple words, an obscure New Jersey carpenter and mechanic named James W. Marshall set in motion a global cascade of events that dramatically shaped the social and economic life of California and the American West.
by Guest Writer
Cerro Colorado Silver, Arizona
It was the first mine developed by Americans in the Cadsden Purchase of 1853. A number of small near-surface mines had been operated by Spaniards and Mexicans in the region prior to the arrival of Americans, going back as far as 1740.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Progressive Privy Program Proved Popular
by Mella Rothwell Harmon
Nevada Department of Museums, Library and Arts
"This was Nevada"
by Guest Writer
Melman on Gold & Silver
Once you have had a chance to look at our charts and quotes for this issue, I have one bit of advice. "Don't go running off to see your optometrist!"
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Surging Gold Prices Burn a Few Unlucky Mining Firms
The extraordinary rebound in gold prices is claiming some unlikely victims—a few of the gold mining companies themselves.
by Associated Press
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Staff

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