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The Magazine: May 2005 (Vol. 74, No.9)
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May 2005 (Vol. 74, No.9)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• FEMA funds fraudulent funerals (say that 3 times fast!)
• Michigan drivers pick up the pace
• The hogs are at the trough again
• Working on a percentage basis

by Scott Harn
Our Readers Say
Re: "Synclinal Oil"
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• NEPA improvements coming?
• Speaking of the Forest Service...
• Murkowski proposes tax increase on miners
• Kensington impact statement affirmed
• Rock Creek on hold, for now
• ESA reform update
• Desert Mineral Mining; one down, two to go for permits
• Montana smells a RAT
by Staff
Estimating Gold Values in Placer Gravels
The single most important question to be answered when evaluating a placer deposit is: “How much is it worth?” Accurate sampling of placer gravels is essential to obtain a reasonable estimate of the total gold values contained in the deposit.
by Staff
Lode Gold in Nicaragua
Nicaragua, a Central American country about the size of Iowa, has not been a major gold producer, yet the nation is filled with lode gold occurrences. Natural and man-made disasters have made the country one of the poorest in...
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Miners: Plan Ahead for Next Year's Taxes
Many well-equipped prospecting or mining operations, those with adequate, up-to-date equipment, have discovered a secret: Uncle Sam, in the form of our tax laws, is eager to pick-up a portion of the tab for acquiring and modernizing the equipment necessary to operate a successful mining operation business.
by Mark E. Battersby
California's Original Sixteen to One Mine
The Sixteen to One mine is located in the little town of Alleghany, 40 miles from Nevada City, in Northern California. It has less than sixty residents. The town sits at an altitude of 4,500 feet. In 1885, the town was named by a group of miners...
by Reggie Gould
Montana Multiple Use Association Backs Miner
The case is Fortner & Montana Multiple Use Association v. Broadwater County Soil Conservation District, Cause No. DV-04-45. Fortner is a miner who owns patented mining claims in Confederate Gulch in Broadwater County.
by Tim Ravndal
Picks & Pans: Detecting Micro-Nuggets
I like to play in a big sandbox called the Mojave Desert. I have different ways of getting my kicks. My particular delight is seeing, “How low can I go?” Blame it on too much sun, but there are days I don’t feel like drywashing.
by Martin H. Milas
Diamond Search Underway in Alaska and Minnesota
Two Canadian companies are financing a $1 million drilling operation in the Susitna Valley after a Palmer miner discovered purple and orange garnets in gravel he dredged near Shulin Lake.
by Associated Press
Mining Outfits Eye 50-Year Supply of Iron Ore
Two companies are looking to mine the largest known iron ore deposit in the West—a 50-year supply at a rate of 1 million metric tons a year.
by Associated Press
Goldfield—Princess of the Mojave
The sunbeams are winding their way through the snowclouds. I am rising out of Death Valley to engage in some reverie, a journey into times past. Prospect pits, phantoms from boom times’ extinct, appear on the side of the road. Soon, I enter the Bullfrog Mining District.
by Bill Rich
Couple Creates Jewelry of the Iron Range
Bryan and Teresa Sandnas’ idea of turning taconite into high-quality jewelry seemed as brilliant as ... well, a lump of iron ore. But what seemed like an implausible plan has turned a crude Iron Range resource into small pieces of beauty.
by Associated Press
Melman on Gold & Silver
Last month was one of the most unusual in recent memory. For virtually an entire month, the news media was focused almost entirely with death and dying.
by Leonard Melman
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Scott Harn
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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