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The Magazine: April 1999 (Vol. 68, No. 8)
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April 1999 (Vol. 68, No. 8)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• Do you suppose they're looking for more than pizza?...
• Ouch, that bite hurts!...
• "Don't do as I do—do as I say," seems to be the attitude of the IRS"

by Kenneth Harn
Editorial—BLM 43 CFR 3809 Revision Status
ICMJ has reviewed the U.S. DOI, BLM, 516 page Environmental Impact Statement on proposed 43 CFR 3809...and can only conclude that the proposed action amounts to several more nails in mining's coffin.
by Kenneth Harn
Our Readers Say
• "No small mining operation can afford this..."
"The small arrastra still lives... "
"...an effective defense against Green political efforts to lock the public off public lands."

by Staff
Miner Says Mining Could Return to Boulder
New core samples taken near Caribou, not far from the Continental Divide at the edge of Boulder County, show the potential for major production in coming years, an owner of the mine says.
by Associated Press
Arizona Mines and Minerals Releases New Directory
The Directory of Active Mines in Arizona-1999, just released by the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources, reflects the strength and diversity of the Arizona mining industry.
by Staff
Onerous New Mining Rules Adopted in Washington State
On December 4, 1998, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission (WDFW) adopted what has to be one of the most repressive and restrictive compilations of small-scale gold prospecting and mining rules in the country.
by Guest Writer
U.S. Sued for Failure to Guard Rare Species
Environmental groups have sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its refusal to designate critical habitat for seven rare species, five in California and two in Alaska.
by Associated Press
Miner Charged in Death of Downieville Miner
On Saturday afternoon, February 13, Tom Rose, 36, of Downieville, California was trying out some new metal detector earphones in the area of the Downie River...
by Associated Press
Senator Warns Against Proposal to Sell Some IMF Gold
A proposal to sell some of the International Monetary Fund's vast gold reserves would be disastrous for Nevada's mining industry as well as the emerging countries the IMF is trying to help, Sen. Richard Bryan said March 4.
by Associated Press
Dry Placers in the Kamma Mountains, Nevada
There are dry placer gold deposits in every county in Nevada, some of which are yet to be discovered.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Company Notes
• Cimarron Minerals Ltd.
• US Gold Corporation
• Homestake Mining Company
• Int'l. CanAlaska Resources Ltd.
• BHP World Minerals-San Francisco
by Staff
MCS Index Shows Decrease in Mining Costs
The latest Mining Cost Service (MCS) Cost indexes, released on February 26 by Western Mine Engineering, Inc., display a hint of a silver lining in the cloud hanging over the U.S. Mining Industry.
by Staff
Over the Divide
Virginia Elvira Russell
(Mining Grandma of Humbug)
March 4, 1999
by Staff
Picks & Pans: Confessions of a Small Miner—Part II
People always ask me how much gold I'm getting? I remind them that after 27 years digging in that same mountain, I'm still a small miner. But my wife hasn't divorced me—probably because the lawyer wants all the money up front.
by Wally Mieras
The Saga of Sand Mountain
The Nevada Historical Society's
"This Was Nevada" Series

by Phillip I. Earl
Nevada County Feeling Pain of Slumping Mining Industry
A major slump in the gold mining industry is taking its toll on central Nevada, where county commissioners are planning a 30 percent across-the-board spending cut beginning July 1.
by Associated Press
Legislative Update
Robert Sanregret—Attorney at Law
Western Mining Council
National Association of Mining Districts
by Robert Sanregret
There's Gold in Those Tailings
If you're really serious about finding gold, you must commit yourself to the search. The odds are against success if you depend upon luck.
by Ron Wendt
Gold at Ragged Top, Arizona
Ragged Top is a jagged mountain which rises to an elevation of 3,907 feet near the Silver Bell open-pit copper mine, some 34 airline miles northwest of downtown Tucson. It is an outlier of the Silver Bell Mountains...
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Increase in Silver Demand by Photography Industry
Washington—The use of silver by the photographic industry worldwide is projected to increase 10 percent over the next five years for photographic applications ranging from amateur snapshots to medical X-rays and motion pictures, according to a new report published in the Silver Institute's Silver News.
by Associated Press
Melman on Gold & Silver
As we traveled through the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas we saw the combination of mining towns in stagnation but otherwise, incredible displays of prosperity.
by Leonard Melman
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Staff
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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