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The Magazine: February 2007 (Vol. 76, No.6)
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February 2007 (Vol. 76, No.6)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• New Congress is off to a good start
• It’s all about connections...
• The numbers speak for themselves...

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Karuk Tribe case over, for now
• Fundraising continues
by Scott Harn
Prospectors Beat Mining Claim Tax
Early in 2006, two prospectors, joint owners of unpermitted mining claims in San Bernardino County, California, were confronted by the County Tax Collector with stiff taxes amounting to hundreds of dollars for the “possessory right” to own mining claims in that county.
by Dr. Ralph E. Pray
In Pursuit of Gold and Silver in the Sierra Madres—Establishing a Mining Company in Mexico
My wife Ann and I moved three years ago to the Pueblo of Arivechi, Sonora, in order to be near the mining concessions we owned and to build a precious metals concentrating mill.
by Mike Lowen
Update On “Special Rock” Kicking
Bob “Neverquit” Abendschein’s article on his “Special Rock” in the December 2006 issue was short and to the point. As Neverquit and I are old friends, I sent him e mail:
by Jim Straight
Michigan DEQ Gives Tentative OK to Nickel, Copper Mine
Environmentalists were happy when the state adopted rules governing an underground mining method that hadn’t been tried in Michigan. Now they’re angry.
by John Flesher
Saved Before the Tax Bell Tolled
The owners of many prospecting, dredging and mining operations may be missing a number of newly extended and expanded tax breaks under the false impressions that they expired. Other tax breaks that may have been overlooked in the past have now been clarified thanks to the last-minute passage of a new tax law.
by Mark E. Battersby
The Petersville—Yentna Goldfields
Upon first entering this district in the early 70s, the trip into the Petersville area by vehicle was risky at best, especially during rainy periods in summer. The road has been improved somewhat since then, but not much.
by Ron Wendt
Demand for Copper Boosts Zambian Mining
Surging global demand for copper has breathed new life into the mining industry in Chingola, a short drive from the Congolese border on top of some of the richest copper deposits in the world.
by Associated Press
Doc Livingston
Charles “Doc” Livingston was born September 28, 1920, in Veve, Indiana. At the ripe old age of 13, he moved to a bustling mining town called Iowa Hill, in Placer County, California. For the next 64 years he worked in, around, or out of the historic mining town.
by Don Robinson
Bum Luck
Every prospector has streaks of bum luck—times when you can’t seem to find much, if anything. This is less true for folks who dry wash or dredge, but electronic prospecting and detecting is especially prone to dry streaks. It’s just the nature of the beast.
by Chris Ralph
San Manuel Mine Officially Closes With a Bang
One of the largest underground copper mines in the world officially closed mid-January, as demolition crews blasted its twin smelter stacks.
by Associated Press
Environmentalists Target Pebble Mine
Environmentalists are attempting to turn the jewelry industry against Alaska’s Pebble Mine before the project even gets fully under way.
by Scott Harn
Detecting in Australia's Pilbara Region
Situated in northwest Western Australia, Australia’s Pilbara is one of the most isolated and scenic places on earth. The tiny town of Marble Bar, Australia’s hottest town, sits amongst the ancient ranges and is a Mecca for tourists—and gold...
by Jim Foster
Melman on Gold & Silver
America has lost another ex-president with the passing last month of Gerald Ford, the only non-elected president in history. It is worth remembering, however, that he came into the office under incredibly difficult circumstances and acquitted himself well. He will be fondly remembered.
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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