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The Magazine: December 2016 (Vol. 86, No. 04)
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December 2016 (Vol. 86, No. 04)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• One less obstacle for illegal aliens and illegal drugs
by Staff
Our Readers Say
“When dealing with federal agencies...”
by Staff
Ask the Experts
• What type of wetsuit do I need?
by Chris Ralph
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Trump wins!
• 9th Circuit: projected global warming is sufficient for ESA
• Eagle Mountain proposed withdrawal
• CA Water Board dredge meetings

by Scott Harn
Prospector's Guide to Rock Breaking and Blasting
The holes were overloaded with explosives, but I didn’t know it. I was just a green mining engineer fresh out of school and told to watch as the experienced miners set the charge.
by Chris Ralph
MMAC Update
After many decades of closures, land-use restrictions, and over-regulation, miners and all other public land users may finally see some real relief due to the efforts of MMAC.
by Scott Harn
Pros and Cons of Big Detector Coils
Years later I returned with a new detector with a smaller coil and detector technology more sensitive to smaller nuggets. I found my first nugget within five minutes. I had a second five minutes after that.
by Chris Ralph
Prospecting and Mining Old Mine Sites
In some places valuable ores can be found within the waste material of mine dumps, sorted ore piles, and detrital vein matter at the surface. Though many of these old mine sites can be an excellent source of gold, not all are created equal.
by Alex Dolbeare
Detecting Strategies for Heavily Forested Areas
Looking for nugget laden bedrock in forested mountain regions, you first need to explore the banks of the gold-bearing streams and look for the bedrock that is exposed as this is your starting point.
by Reese Townes
Mining Districts and Community Outreach
You have made your presence known with the BLM or Forest Service, placed Mining District signs along the entrance points to your district, and found support with other local miners. But how do you gain popular support?
by Sarah Bohmker
Alaskan Gold Adventure
In Chicken I had my first experience with the famous Alaska blue clay, sometimes called the blue layer. The blue layer is where the best fine gold was to be found.
by Amanda Fitzhugh
Learning the Game and the Power to Change It
The one legal entity that can change the game and provide a path and template to protect landowners and public land users across the United States is the miner.
by Clark Pearson
Central Idaho Federal Employees Back to Work With Local Help
The fire started early October 4, destroying the Bureau of Land Management office on the edge of town within minutes.
by Associated Press
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
On a personal note, very little has bothered me quite as much as the fact that some on the political left are crying “foul” about the fact that Secretary Clinton may have (the outcome is still slightly uncertain at press time) gained more popular votes than the President-elect and therefore the election result is “wrong.”
by Leonard Melman

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