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The Magazine: August 2003 (Vol. 72, No. 12)
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August 2003 (Vol. 72, No. 12)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• Agriculture employees caught grazing on taxpayer funds
• A long wait at the bus stop...
• Taxpayers foot the bill...
• Sticky business

by Staff
House Resources Committee Addresses Environmental Scare-Tactics —by House Resources Committee & Chairman Richard Pombo
As self-serving, so-called environmental organizations ramp up their scare-tactics to raise money, Americans will be pleased to learn that the sky is not falling, nor are their rivers on fire. These are facts to keep in mind when reading the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) partisan “scorecard.” The House Resources Committee report shines sunlight on the shady LCV political rhetoric by outlining facts and accomplishments on current environmental endeavors.
by Guest Writer
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Rock Creek mine approved again: environmentalists file another lawsuit
• Great Basin Mine Watch losing appeal
• Roadless Rule declared illegal again by Federal Court
• Off-highway vehicle restrictions in North and South Dakota and Montana
• Comments needed for new off-road emission and fuel standards
• California administration moves to block mining; governor faces recall
• A few pending bills...
by Staff
Precious Metals in the Patagonia Mountains
The Patagonia Mountains are a small but rugged mountain range that adjoins the Mexican border some 9 to 16 miles east of the border town of Nogales. The range trends northerly for 14 miles and is about 10 miles wide, reaching an elevation...
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Over the Divide
Elaine Schrader
1935 - 2003
by Staff
Idaho-Maryland Mine—History Restarted
It was late October 1850, and, as the story goes, George McKnight was rushing along trying to round up his cows when he stumbled. He was not a happy man as he kicked the fist-sized rock in disgust. The disgust changed quickly to interest...
by Don Robinson
Montana Candidate Sees Natural Resources as Path to Recovery
The key to returning Montana’s economy to its glory days is to remove the laws that prevent development of the state’s natural resources, says Thomas Keating, the only Republican who has declared himself a candidate for governor.
by Associated Press
Judge Rules Against Oregon Miners—Battle Continues
On June 16, 2003, US District Court Magistrate Judge Cooney made the recommendation that the Waldo Miners be denied their motion to intervene in Siskiyou Regional Education Project (SREP) vs. Siskiyou National Forest (SNF).
by Tom Kitchar
Lake County "Diamonds"—Renewed Value for an Old Favorite
A Northern California county is experiencing a renewal in the desirability and subsequent value of an old favorite: Lake County “diamonds.” These stones are not true diamonds, but for generations they have held a special place in the...
by Mary E. Garatti
Moving the World's Largest Machine—The Bucyrus 2570W Walking Dragline
This project began in early August 2002, when approximately 12 major project forwarders were invited to bid on moving a Bucyrus Model 2570W Walking Dragline from the US to Australia.
by Paul McAuley
Mother Lode Gold, California
Included here is a portion of an article entitled “The Mother Lode of California” written in 1898 by Ross E. Browne. He was a son of J. Ross Browne, adventurer and writer, who won fame for his reports to the US Congress on the mineral resources of the...
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
News From the Pacific Legal Foundation
PLF has been hard at work improving our Endangered Species Act Reform Project (ESARP), which is why you haven’t heard from us over the past few months.
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
During the past month, we have witnessed an orgy of buying on many of the world’s markets with Japan soaring by over 1,000 points (see Nikkei chart), Germany and France rallying strongly and here in America, the NASDAQ Index has risen to over 1,700 (see chart). However, when we look at the economic fundamentals, it appears to be a case of, as Sir Winston Churchill might have put it, “Never have so many become so excited about so little.”
by Leonard Melman
Maine to Create Mineral Park
The Maine Geological Survey is raising money to acquire a cluster of world-famous mines and create the state’s first public mineral park for rockhounds, science teachers and others with an interest in rocks and minerals.
by Associated Press
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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