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The Magazine: December 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 4)
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December 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 4)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• An idea that is overdue...
• Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

by Sandra Chereb
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Oregon proposes to stop mining in “scenic” waterways
• More news from Oregon
• Interior Department finally back online
• Alaska DNR departures
by Scott Harn
Pombo Bill to Provide Some Relief for Miners
House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo is no stranger to controversy. As we highlighted in our November 2005 issue, he recently pushed through a bill to reform the Endangered Species Act, providing much needed improvements.
by Scott Harn
Gemstones in Wyoming—Part I
Gemstones are timeless treasures of beauty. The extraordinary and satiated colors of many gemstones enhance their aesthetic beauty. Gems have been sought for personal adornment since the beginning of time and such minerals...
by W. Dan Hausel
Understanding Sampling Techniques
There are a lot of differences between the operations of successful mining companies and ones that become financial failures, but one of the consistent key differences between them is their sampling programs.
by Chris Ralph
Gateway Gold and Jerritt Canyon
Northern Nevada is prime mining territory. In fact, no state has been as mining-friendly as the Silver State and, as a result, mining has made important contributions to that state’s economic development.
by Leonard Melman
The Koyukuk-Nolan Goldfields
It has been said by many, “One of Alaska’s most beautiful places in the world is in the Brooks Range.”  You'll get no argument from me.
by Ron Wendt
Miners Come Out On Top in SREP v. USFS
It’s been over 2½ years since the Siskiyou Regional Education Project (SREP) filed suit in US District Court against the Siskiyou National Forest (SNF).
by Tom Kitchar
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
People who want to believe that the sky is falling or the end of the (economic) world is at hand sure had ammunition thrown at them by the bucketfuls in the past month.
by Leonard Melman
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Staff
Company Notes
• Couer Alaska
• Formation Capital
• Revett Minerals
• Pathfinder Resources
• Commander Resources
by Staff
Adding Shine to Your Portfolio
As inflation fears grow, some advisers are steering their clients into precious or industrial metals as a way to add luster to portfolios.
by Associated Press
Picks & Pans: Nuggetshooting Around Cactus
I mostly nugget hunt within the Great Basin and Mojave desert areas of California and Nevada, and less frequently the Sonoran desert of Arizona. I have discovered the gamma grass, sagebrush and creosote areas of the Great Basin and Mojave are friendlier to nuggetshoot than the vegetation within the Sonoran desert.
by Jim Straight
Tales of California Gold Discoveries 4th in a Series—Pay Attention When You Dig
It was the first month of a new year, 1861. Three men, by the name of Young, Blake and La Rossney, who had been somewhat unsuccessful in river mining, went looking for gold elsewhere.
by Lewis Swindle

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