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The Magazine: June 2007 (Vol.76, No.10)
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June 2007 (Vol.76, No.10)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• Taxed to the max...
• What were they thinking?
• Maybe they just misplaced it...
• Not so environmentally friendly after all...

by Staff
Ask the Experts—What is barite used for?
QCould you inform me as to what “barite” is used for? Where can I locate a company that mines barite?
by Staff
Ask the Experts—Are you able to advise me on the status of HR3824?
Q: I am doing research regarding potential litigation involving the Endangered Species Act. Are you able to advise me on the status of the following:? HR 3824, The Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005 (TESRA) introduced in the House of Representatives in September, 2005.
by Staff
Our Readers Say
I enjoy your magazine very much.  I read it from cover to cover every month.
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Assembly Bill 1032
• Forest Service tries to rewrite Mining Law
• California seeks comments from dredgers
• Support PLP efforts
by Scott Harn
Sulfides, Selenides and Tellurides
The early day miners feared it, and it happened a lot more often than they would have liked: the easily worked rich surface ores they discovered gave way as they mined downward to a vein full of sulfides, base metals and other nasty, rebellious and...
by Chris Ralph
Silver’s Shine is Back
As a precious metal, silver doesn’t have the allure of gold. As an investment, it’s not as hip as Google. But dowdy old silver is suddenly chic.  Silver prices are at their highest in more than 25 years, and mining companies are riding an economic boom.
by Nicholas K. Geranios
Rahall Looks to Rewrite 1872 Mining Law
For over twenty years, Rahall has been introducing bills in an attempt to overhaul the 1872 Mining Law. On May 10, 2007, he introduced another bill, HR 2262, which would drastically change the laws governing mining if enacted. This time, his bill may have a chance.
by Staff
San Francisco Mint and US Gold Reserves
In 1717, Sir Isaac Newton, Master of the British Mint, established a fixed price for gold that was equivalent to around US$20.00 per ounce. This price was for bullion gold, refined to a purity of twenty-two karats (.917 fine).
by Don Robinson
Forest Service Attempts to Close Public Access
The Forest Service is attempting to close off historic trails and roads throughout the western states, declaring the closures are part of a travel management project. They state their motivation is to control damage caused by off-highway-vehicles.
by Staff
Revisiting Commerce Resources—A Tantalum and Niobium Mining Project
One of the most intriguing company articles we have written during the past few years was based on our late Spring 2005 visit to Commerce Resources’ tantalum and niobium project in the towering mountains of east-central British Columbia...
by Leonard Melman
The Seventymile and American Creek Goldfields
Author’s note: If you ever contemplate prospecting on the Seventymile River, beginning at the mouth, make sure your will is up to date, and you’ve said goodbye to loved ones. If the mosquitoes don’t get you on the way up, you’ll surely drown in the river or wear yourself out thrashing through the brush.
by Ron Wendt
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
Unfortunately, death seemed to occupy a major role in recent major headlines—and it came in several different directions.
by Leonard Melman

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