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The Magazine: September 1999 (Vol. 69, No. 1)
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September 1999 (Vol. 69, No. 1)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• So much for privacy in the great outdoors...
• It's smoky in the Smoky Mountains...
• A tale of two or three populations...
• That retirement nest egg may need to be grade A extra large...

by Staff
Over the Divide
Lynn Gunn
June 18, 1955 — August 3, 1999
by Staff
Our Readers Say
• "...her demise has hurt this industry beyond comprehension"
• "...the mining community suffered the loss of a good friend."
• "...they would like to host the international gold prospectors community"

by Staff
Feds Eye Restrictions on AZ Archaeological Sites
The Interior Department is proposing a moratorium on new mining and grazing in a 176-square-mile area of central Arizona dotted with American Indian ruins, a possible first step toward a new national monument.
by Associated Press
IMF Reconsidering Gold Sales to Finance Debt
The International Monetary Fund is reconsidering selling some of its gold reserves to help finance a Western debt-relief plan for some of the world's most debt-burdened countries, a top IMF official said.
by Associated Press
Governors Focus on Aid for Laid-off Miners
Keeping a health clinic in San Manuel operating was among key concerns the governor, state lawmakers and union officials addressed in a meeting about assisting laid-off copper miners.
by Associated Press
Nevada Counties, Towns Get Forest Service Grants
The Forest Service is issuing $69,630 in small grants to several rural communities in Nevada to help diversify their economies and wean them from dependency on natural resources.
by Associated Press
Labor Dept. Approves Aid to Laid-off Nevada Miners
The U.S. Labor Department approved special retraining and job-search assistance for more than 400 mine workers recently laid off at the BHP Copper Mine near Ely.
by Associated Press
Company Notes
• Placer Dome
• Newmont Mining
• Homestake Mining Company
• Royal Gold Inc.
by Staff
ISEE Celebrates 25 Years
The society, started by nine founding members in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1974 as a non-profit professional organization, is dedicated to promoting the art and science of explosives engineering.
by Associated Press
Legislative Update
Robert Sanregret—Attorney at Law
Western Mining Council
National Association of Mining Districts
by Robert Sanregret
Picks & Pans: Basic Dry Washing Operations in Gold Placer Mining
Some of the advantages of dry washing operations are low overhead costs (inexpensive methods and equipment), and the fact that many mining operations can be conducted by one or two individuals.
by Staff
Washington Miner Wins Poetry Contest
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum at Leadville has announced the results of a search earlier this year for new poetry about mines and mining.
by Associated Press
Gold Coin Sales Boosted by Low Prices
During the past decade, gold prices have been on a serious roller coaster ride. This year, the ride has taken a turn for the worse—straight down hill.  Members of the precious metals mining industry have been hanging on as tight as they can.
by Andy Maslowski
The Klamath Mountains
Over 7 million ounces of gold have been produced in the Klamath Mountains of northwestern California, 64% of which has been from placers.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Silver Posts Best Price in 11 Years—Strong Investment Interest and Steady Demand Cited
Strong Investment Interest and
Steady Demand Cited

by Staff
Platinum—Group Metals
by Henry E. Hilliard
Excerpted from USGS "1998 Annual Review"
by Guest Writer
Historic Mining at Mount Diablo, CA
Located in Contra Costa County in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mount Diablo was the site of the largest coal mining operation in the state in the last half of the nineteenth century. The northern foothills of the mountain produced nearly four million tons of coal.
by Richard H. Peterson, PhD
Gold in the Drum Mountains
The Drum Mountains are located 23 to 30 airline miles northwest of Delta (pop. 2,000), in west-central Utah. The desert mountains rise to 7,233 feet and receive only 8 inches of precipitation a year.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Melman on Gold & Silver
No single factor has been as important in the control of inflationary pressures over the past few years as the decline in commodity prices. As long as the cost of raw materials was declining, industry was able to produce goods with minimal increases in price.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Staff

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