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The Magazine: January 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 5)
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January 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 5)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• The "no shrimp left behind" act
• Someone has exceeded their credit limit

by Scott Harn
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• "No surprises" ruled restored
• Supreme Court to address submerged lands in Alaska
• Governors say reform the ESA
• Miners need to stay involved in each state
by Staff
Convention Report
Mining conferences frequently reflect specific types of information as their focus, and our publication was recently represented at two such contrasting gatherings, the Manitoba Mining and Minerals Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the Northwest Mining Association Convention in Spokane, Washington.
by Leonard Melman
Interview with Congressman Gibbons on Mining Law Reform
Representative Jim Gibbons (R-Nevada) said he believes now is the time to address reform of mining law during a recent interview at the Northwest Mining Association (NWMA) convention in Spokane.
by Staff
The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part II—Pocket Hunting for Residual Placers
It is a fact that many of the well-known placer districts of the Western US have small veins that contain sparse pockets of coarse gold as their source. This is the main reason why many rich placer districts have seen little or no hard rock mining...
by Chris Ralph
Gold Canyon Resources Targets Gallium
“It would be a real pleasure to be able to combine a successful mining operation with being of genuine service to the human condition.” Those words from CEO and Professional Geologist Robert G. Carrington set the...
by Leonard Melman
Tucson Mountain Chaos
The Tucson Mountains are immediately west of Tucson, in southern Arizona, and include residential areas of the city. The highest peak, Wasson (Amole) Peak, reaches 4,687 feet. It is part of the great Basin-Range physiographic province, characterized by fault-block mountain ranges separated by broad desert valleys.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Picks & Pans: Auburn Ravine Gold
The high early spring runoff was in full force this late February 2004 day, lapping midway up the floodwall. As my good friend, and mining partner, Eric Johnson and I stood there watching the stream rush by behind his cabin, we wondered aloud what...
by Paul Giese
Suit Filed to Stop Mining in Northern California
The Western Mining Action Project, representing the Karuk Tribe of California, has filed suit to stop mining on the Salmon, Klamath and Scott Rivers, and their tributaries in Northern California.
by Scott Harn
Niobium and Tantalum
Niobium (columbium) and tantalum are related metals that usually occur together and are associated with vanadium on the periodic chart of the elements. Both metals have seen increased usage in high-tech applications in recent years because of increased availability.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
The Iola Mine Group, Montgomery County, North Carolina
The Iola mine group is made up of four once active gold mines, the Iola, Washington, Golconda and Uwarra gold mines. Although this group of mines were some of the most productive gold mines in North Carolina for a number of years, and according to published records, some of the best managed, they had a relatively short life span for reasons unknown.
by Sam E. Phifer, P.G.
Effectively Using a Detector and Drywasher for Placer Gold
A "How-To" method for small group sniping and reclaiming old placer areas.
by Jim Straight
Mining Companies Use Conservative Valuations
Gold mining companies are being conservative in asset valuations despite recent spikes in gold prices in terms of US dollars, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
by Associated Press
Company Notes
• Newmont Mining Corp.
• Frontier Pacific Mining Corp.
• Sterling Mining Company
• General Atomics
• Barrick Gold Corp.
• New Jersey Mining Company
• Timberline Resources Corp.
by Staff
Accident at Robinson Mine Leaves Two Dead
“We are saddened by the loss of two Washington Group employees and our thoughts at this time are with their families,” said Bill Myckatyn, CEO of Quadra Mining.
by Staff
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Scott Harn
Melman on Gold & Silver
The year 2004 feels much like the fabled month of March, entering like a lion, remaining stormy for much of the time, but exiting like a lamb. It is almost eerie how there has been a reduction of tension throughout the investment communities, both conventional and precious metals, in the past few weeks.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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