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The Magazine: May 1999 (Vol. 68, No. 9)
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May 1999 (Vol. 68, No. 9)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• Snake fence upsets environmentalists...
• Job appointments based on credentials, not connections, says the governor...

by Kenneth Harn
Mining Law—A Short History
The General Mining Law of 1872 is not antiquated, but its roots are ancient, stemming from Greek and Roman law, and continued in English and Spanish law. The recorded laws and practices of mining extend back nearly 3000 years.
by Jonathan DuHamel
Industry Urges Restraint on Mining Reforms
Wyoming mining interests say the federal government doesn't need tougher environmental cleanup rules governing mineral extraction from public lands.
by Associated Press
Environmentalists Back FS on Mining Withdrawl
Representatives of every major environmental group in northern Arizona and nearly every American Indian tribe in the region lined up at a public hearing recently to praise officials from the Coconino National Forest.
by Associated Press
Our Readers Say
"Thanks to your help, the word got out..."
by Staff
Open Letter to the BLM
from H. Mason Coggin, PE & LS
by Guest Writer
Huge Nugget To Be Auctioned
A 56-pound (25-kilogram) nugget belonging to an Australian prospector is 80 percent to 90 percent high-purity gold, University of Southern California scientists confirmed recently.
by Associated Press
Platinum Group Metals
Platinum is only one of a group of related metals that are referred to as platinum group metals (PGMs), because platinum in its native state usually contains all six metals of the group along with some iron.
by William M. Clem
Company Notes
• Azco Mining Inc.
• Hecla Mining Co.
• Canyon Resources Corp.
• Royal Oak Mines
• BHP World Minerals
• Pacific North West Capital
by Staff
Gold at Mercury Mines
There are numerous old mercury (quicksilver) mines in the central Coast Ranges of California, from San Benito County on the south to Lake County on the north, a distance of 225 miles.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
The Lovitt Mine
Excerpts from Northwest Underground Explorations' soon-to-be published "Discovering Washington's Historic Mines, Volume 2—Mines of East Central Washington State."
by Staff
Legislative Update
Robert Sanregret—Attorney at Law
Western Mining Council
National Association of Mining Districts
by Robert Sanregret
Picks & Pans: "Eye-Balling" for Alaskan Gold
The gold miner held out his hand and showed me a sixteen-ounce gold nugget, slightly coarse in texture, and resembling a biscuit. I shook my head in amazement as he pointed out the exact location of his lucky find.
by Ron Wendt
Melman on Gold & Silver
For gold advocates, the theme this past month could have been Life should be beautiful!  After all, just consider some of the events of the past month.
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
Oil and Gas in Washington
The state of Washington may have undiscovered oil and gas resources, especially since drilling to date has been clustered in just a few areas.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
As Millennium Nears, Copper No Longer King in Arizona
At the start of the 20th century, copper was king in Arizona, with one of every four workers employed in the mining trade. On the brink of a new millennium, however, the industry is no longer the cornerstone of the state's so-called "Five Cs" economy—copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate.
by Associated Press

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