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Scott Harn (Editor/Publisher)
Scott grew up with prospecting in his blood. His grandfather, Herb Reid, had a cabin and mining claims on the Trinity River in Northern California, and was the editor of the Journal from 1966-1979.
  
Scott's parents, Ken & Kathy Harn, ran the Journal for twenty years, from 1979-1999. Scott worked for the Journal during his high school and college years, and then returned, with his wife Sally, to purchase the magazine when his father announced he was retiring in December 1999. 
  
Running the Journal takes up much of his time, but Scott also enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing ice hockey and soccer, dredging for gold, coaching his daughter's soccer team, and encouraging her to share her gift of singing.

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Articles by Scott Harn
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Pacific Legal Foundation joins effort to overturn California dredging moratorium
• PLP fund drive continues

January 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 5)
Over the Divide

Robert Joseph Dahlke
(1939 - 2013)

January 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 5)
Additional Note Regarding "Strategic Metals—Part II"

From the December 2013 issue:

January 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 5)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Not so happy birthday
• Even more support for the PLP

February 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 6)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Idaho challenges EPA regulations
• California suction gold dredging

March 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 7)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Idaho continues toward elimination of EPA suction dredging regulations
• EPA makes preemptive strike against Alaska mine
• Proposed Mines Act permit fees

April 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 8)
Contrary to Rumors, Couple Will Keep the Saddle Ridge Hoard

Some media outlets have speculated the hoard of coins came from a theft at the old US Mint in San Francisco that was reported in 1901.

April 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 8)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Bill to address Forest Service Travel Management restrictions
• Suction gold dredging challenge finally under way
• EPA nullification bill fails in Idaho
• Another bad bill

May 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 9)
Cliven Bundy vs. BLM

...was all this about grazing fees and the desert tortoise, or something more?

May 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 9)
Gold Prospecting & Mining Summit Exceeds Expectations

Brian...had cleared off some virgin, gold-bearing bedrock areas prior to our arrival, so everyone had ample opportunity to find and take home some gold.

May 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 9)
Scouts New Mining in Society Badge

...it's very refreshing to hear that some of our youth will learn of the value of mining without all the environmental spin.

May 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 9)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Idaho miners will challenge new EPA permit at rally
• California proposes to amend definition of a suction dredge
• Proposed rule redefines "navigable waters"

June 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 10)
California Dredgers: A Step Closer to Getting Back in the Water

...Judge Ochoa ordered the parties to participate in mandatory settlement hearings starting June 24, 2014.

June 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 10)
The Bawl Mill

• The dog ate my homework
• Boating in Afghanistan?

July 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 11)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Settlement hearings
• Fighting back

July 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 11)
Representative Manweller Lends a Hand in Washington State

We're done watching as an unelected and unchecked bureaucracy, with rule-making authority, enforcement powers, and seemingly bottomless budgets abuses citizens at will.

July 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 11)
News from the Editor

Our goal is to reach out to the next generation of prospectors and miners who might prefer reading our monthly issues on their desktop computer or portable device.

August 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 12)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• No Adventure Pass needed
• Supreme Court of Canada rules on aboriginal title claims
• No agreement reached in suction gold dredge permitting case

August 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 12)
A Model Mining Operation

After he excavates the ore down to bedrock, he goes over the bedrock with a metal detector to ensure he didn't leave any gold behind before he backfills the area.

August 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 12)
Successful Rally for Suction Dredge Miners in Idaho

Representative Paul Shepherd stopped by, and Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik dove with one of the dredgers so he could see for himself that no harm was being done to fish or their habitat.

August 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 12)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Show of support needed for anti-EPA bills
• Arizona mining data now online
• California suction dredge hearings
• Update on Forest Service abuse in Washington

September 2014 (Vol. 84, No. 1)
This is Why You Check Your Tailings

The nugget was cast aside with larger rocks during the screening process, but it was found later by an employee...

September 2014 (Vol. 84, No. 1)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• California dredging update
• Study: Sage grouse does not need protection
• Tennessee enacts harsh new gold prospecting regulations

October 2014 (Vol. 84, No. 2)
From the Editor

The past year was an extremely busy one here at ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal.

January 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 5)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• US Supreme Court may consider requirements for Notitce of Intent
• Oregon considering mining restrictions
• Latest developments in California suction dredging moratorium
• Spotted owl habitat

January 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 5)
Small Miner Beats Forest Service in Court

Thomas Tierney has been a long-time subscriber to ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal and has read about the many battles between miners and overzealous regulators. Then he faced his own battle.

January 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 5)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• "Not a pollutant"
• Thank you Senator Sessions
• California suction dredging
• EPA uses secret email accounts

February 2013 (Vol. 82. No. 6)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Oregon's attack on suction gold dredging
• New DOI Director nominated
• More Forest Service restrictions in the works
• California suction gold dredging

March 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 7)
And the Survey Says...

A recent online survey on our homepage confirmed what we expected...

March 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 7)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• EPA investigated for environmental ties
• Hundreds of miners show up to rally at Oregon State Capitol
• DOI nominee would be bad for miners

April 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 8)
ICMJ Online Forum Now Available

We still have a few bugs to work out, but our new online forum is up and running.

April 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 8)
Selenium, Mercury and Suction Dredging—Studies Contradict CA State Water Resources Board

Federal and state regulatory agencies often cite mercury and methyl mercury in our waterways as a major factor for further restrictions on placer mining, and on suction gold dredge mining, in particular. However, these regulatory agencies are minimizing selenium and its neutralizing effects.

April 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 8)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Battle continues in Oregon
• Stop annexation in Southern California
• EPA ignores Supreme Court ruling with new Idaho permit
• Alaska sues Feds to restore access rights
• California dredgers await next big court date

May 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 9)
The Bawl Mill

• Fried golden eagle is bad; diced is okay
• Your tax dollars at work

June 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 10)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Two million acres of proposed habitat
• Last chance for Nevada claim refunds
• California suction gold dredging update

June 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 10)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Hearing date moved up for preliminary injunction for California suction dredging
• Anti-mining bills in Oregon lead to recall effort

July 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 11)
Study Confirms Mercury Levels Safe in California's Gold Country

While the Water Board documented the selenium levels in fish and noted they exceed the levels of mercury, they have yet to acknowledge the numerous scientific studies that show selenium effectively neutralizes the effects of mercury.

July 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 11)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Oregon passes SB 838
• Meanwhile, in California

August 2013 ( Vol. 82, No. 12)
Court Says Emergency Rule in California Unjustified

Superior Court Judge Karen L. Dixon granted the temporary restraining order on July 3, 2013.

August 2013 ( Vol. 82, No. 12)
Annual Claim Fees Due September 3, 2013

Because September 1 falls on a Sunday this year; and Monday, September 2, is a holiday, the BLM will accept yearly filings through September 3.

August 2013 ( Vol. 82, No. 12)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Comment period extended for frog habitat
• Tennessee permits for gold prospecting
• California dredging injunction and restraining order hearing

September 2013 (Vol. 83, No. 1)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Judge refuses to grant preliminary injuction to end suction gold dredging moratorium in California
• Proposed listing of Yellow-legged frog and Yosemite Toad in northern California

October 2013 (Vol. 83, No. 2)
EPA Tries to Intimidate Alaskan Miners

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has ordered an investigation of the recent raids, saying he will not tolerate a state agency's participation in the sort of conduct displayed.

October 2013 (Vol. 83, No. 2)
The Bawl Mill

• There's a fungus among us
• Taxpayers crash land in Arizona
• "What did you get arrested for?"

November 2013 (Vol. 83, No. 3)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Comment deadlines approaching for frog listings and habitat
• EPA seeks more control
• Comments due in Washington
• California dredging moratorium
• PLF sues to delist polar bear

November 2013 (Vol. 83, No. 3)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• BLM claim fees rise
• Critical minerals bill
• Sage-grouse habitat

December 2013 (Vol. 83, No. 4)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• IBLA rules against miner for "late" filing
• Wyoming appeals roadless decision
• Mercury reduction program slated for California
• Oregon wilderness
• Oregon miner prevails in lawsuit against Forest Service and District Ranger
• Canada pulls out of Kyoto Climate Treaty

January 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 5)
New "Employment" Category

Due to the high demand for well paying jobs in the mining sector, and a robust mining industry in need of qualified workers, we’ve added an “Employment” section to our Mine Market (Classifieds) effective immediately. 

February 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 6)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Our Federal Landlord
• One down, two to go
• Challenging timing windows in Washington State
• More roadblocks to mining

February 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 6)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• California suction dredging regulations
• Draft Coho recovery plan for Southern Oregon, Northern California
• Sage-grouse

March 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 7)
Revised Dredge Regulations Published for California—Pure Garbage

We can’t say it wasn’t expected. The California Department of Fish & Game released revised suction gold dredging regulations on February 17, 2012, and it’s obvious the agency wants to make life as difficult as possible for dredgers.

March 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 7)
Australia Produces World's Largest Gold Coin

Australia’s Perth Mint currently holds the record for the world’s largest gold coin.

March 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 7)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• CA Fish & Game Final SEIR
• Positive news from California?
• Still no results in Wisconsin
• Give us back our lands

April 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 8)
The Bawl Mill

• Hotline turns up the heat
• Mad Men arrested for living up to their name

May 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 9)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• NEDC Surrenders in Oregon
• The California saga continues

May 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 9)
The Bawl Mill

• Home, home on the range...where the deer and the non-native antelope play
• Today's math lesson: Study x 3 = Taxpayer Waste

June 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 10)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Partial win for miners
• California suction dredging
• Feds continue to push for more public lands
• Idaho suction dredging

June 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 10)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Forest Service proposes next step in Agenda 21
• 9th Circuit deals blow to small miners

July 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 11)
California Suction Dredging Update

Another California Assembly member, Jared Huffman, is attempting to ban dredging in the state on a more permanent basis.

July 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 11)
Hecla to Reopen Lucky Friday Mine

Heclas’s underground Lucky Friday Mine in Idaho is scheduled to reopen following a series of accidents, which included the death of two miners.

July 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 11)
Nova Scotia Shows It's Serious About Jobs & Mining

Saying that the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia supports mining and the jobs that mining creates would be an understatement.

July 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 11)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act
• CA suction dredging update
• Appropriations Bill addresses problems at EPA
• Bad science, worse policy

August 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 12)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Hike in mining claim fees
• Hearing on suction gold dredging in California
• Interior wants mining reform

September 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 1)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• It's almost November
• Two federal land managers found guilty of contempt
• A chance to halt additional wilderness in Southern California
• Oregon mineral withdrawal
• A really good reason to get out and vote in Oregon

October 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 2)
California State and US National Panning Championships

On Labor Day weekend, September 1st and 2nd, two days of furious, almost non-stop panning went on.

October 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 2)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• BLM to raise fees again
• Roadless Rule stands
• Suit filed over dredging restrictions in Washington State
• NWMA lends support
• California suction gold dredging lawsuits progressing

November 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 3)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Increase in claim fees
• Impact of recent elections
• Current suction gold dredging status in California
• Parks in Southern California

December 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 4)
Constitutional Sheriffs Standing Up for Our Rights

Modoc County, California, is the latest county to use emergency powers to declare a state of emergency in order to take control of roads and trails away from federal agencies.

December 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 4)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• California suction dredgers had better prepare for battle

January 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 5)
US Mint to Offer Other Precious Metal Coins

Investors and collectors may also be able to purchase palladium coins after President Obama signed a bill authorizing palladium coins if there is sufficient demand.

January 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 5)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Backdoor Wild Lands order
• PLP reports on latest dredge lawsuit
• Massive lands bill avoided
• No cap and trade for now
• RS-2477 rights affirmed

February 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 6)
2011 Gold Prospecting & Mining Summit April 23-25 in Placerville

Expert Instruction • The Latest Equipment
The Event of 2011 You Don't Want to Miss!

March 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 7)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Idaho maintains control
• Enough wilderness already
• Restraining the EPA
• Republicans on the attack
• DOI requests hard rock royalty
• New Forest Service plans
• Bill supporting small miners
• New mercury emission regs
• Latest info on California suction dredging

March 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 7)
Oregon Anti-Dredging Bill

SB 765...would tax suction gold dredgers by charging a $50 annual fee for in-state dredgers and a whopping $2,500 fee for out-of-state dredgers for each county where the miner intends to dredge.

March 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 7)
Proposed Regulations for California Suction Dredging

One of the most asinine proposals in the SEIR is to require miners to state when and where they will be dredging. This information would be accessible to the public, which would make them prime candidates for getting their homes burglarized while they are out mining.

April 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 8)
5th Circuit Ruling May Benefit Miners

This ruling comes at an opportune time, just as suction dredge miners are dealing with new proposed regulations in several western states. Be sure to cite this case when you provide comments on the regulations!

April 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 8)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Oregon dredging bill defeated
• California bill would exempt dredgers from permitting
• Possible ESA listing
• Washington State tries to impose more fees on miners

April 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 8)
Ask The Experts—What happened to the BLM web site geocommunicator.gov?

Q: What happened to the BLM web site geocommunicator.gov? We cannot get mining claim info any more. Can you write about this? Or if you did what volume and number? Thanks for keeping the ICMJ alive and well.

May 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 9)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Some good news for a change
• New 49ers win Karuk appeal
• Another Oregon bill of concern

May 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 9)
Suction Dredging Update for California & Idaho

May 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 9)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• More roadblocks to dredging in California
• Two Oregon Sheriffs challenge Forest Service authority
• Gold is money

June 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 10)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Battle continues in the "Golden State"
• California Water Board needs your comments

July 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 11)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• California suction dredging
• House shows support for public land use

August 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 12)
Huge California Nugget A Hoax

Sanders claimed he used ground-penetrating radar to survey his private property in Nevada County, California, and uncovered the chunk of gold with a backhoe when he was following up on one of the anomalies found by the radar.

August 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 12)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Salazar pushes wilderness
• California Governor signs AB 120

September 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 1)
California Destroys Another Prospecting Business

His small business managed to pump millions of dollars over the years into the California economy.

September 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 1)
Legislative And Regulatory Update

• Good news on EPA regs
• California rewards key appointment to dredging foe
• Republicans seek to block creation of National Monuments
• Zimbabwe threatens seizure of mining rights

October 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 2)
Legislative And Regulatory Update

• Republican bill would reopen Grand Canyon withdrawal
• Obama recommends additional fees and taxes on miners

November 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 3)
Are Permits Needed For Highbanking In California?

...this contradicts the fact that mining claimants are considered landowners with exclusive rights to possess and use that claim, and miners have “riparian rights” on mining claims that do not require permitting.

November 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 3)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Refunds coming to Nevada claimholders
• More wilderness proposed
• Forest Service planning rule

December 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 4)
WSGS Releases New Geologic Maps

The Wyoming State Geological Survey announced ten new geologic maps have been completed and are now available.

December 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 4)
Nevada Miners: Check Your Claim Markers

The Nevada Senate introduced SB108 in 2009 to prohibit PVC piping utilized by miners to stake mining claims.

December 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 4)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• EPA declares carbon dioxide a threat to environment
• Suction dredging update for California
• California Fish & Game director resigns
• More Merced River restrictions

January 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 5)
University of Nevada Offers Online Mineral Processing Class

The University of Nevada, Reno, and the Department of Mining Engineering at the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, have teamed up to provide an online course in mineral processing.

January 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 5)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• California dredging update
• On a related issue, SB 233
• EPA and greenhouse gases

February 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 6)
Placer Mining in Canada's Yukon Territory

Frank Taylor’s family has been mining in the same area of the Yukon Territory since 1935. He’s been working his current placer operation on Duncan Creek near Mayo since 1975.

February 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 6)
Oregon Suction Gold Dredgers Score Big Win

The main issues in this case involved the DEQ’s authority to regulate discharges under sections 402 and 404 of the Clean Water Act.

February 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 6)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• More “bull” from Fish & Wildlife
• Global Warming is cooling off

March 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 7)
Battle Heats Up Over California Suction Dredging

The State of California is seeking dismissal of the federal lawsuit filed by Public Lands for the People (PLP) on grounds that they are immune from such lawsuits under the 11th Amendment to the US Constitution. However, there is plenty of prior case precedence suggesting that state officials and agencies are open to such lawsuits when they assume responsibility for regulatory authority from the federal government.

March 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 7)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Setback in California suction dredging fight
• Appeals court hears arguments on forest roads rule
• States push back on firearms

April 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 8)
Sage-Grouse Won't Get ESA Listing For Now

The Obama administration announced on March 5 its decision not to list the sage-grouse as threatened or endangered at the moment, though it left the door wide open to future listing.

April 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 8)
Oregon County Tries to Interfere With Lawful Mining Operation

...Curry County, at the urging of local environmentalists, is doing whatever it can to get in his way. The county’s latest attempt was through the issuance of a stop-work order, which claimed numerous unsubstantiated violations.

April 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 8)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• DOI backs mill sites
• Arizona goes to bat for miners
• Battles continue in California
• Climate change legislation

May 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 9)
Metals Trader Blows the Whistle on Gold & Silver Price Manipulation

Maguire and the traders and companies they represent were all aware of the price manipulation and were all profiting from it, but it became such a regular occurrence that his conscience told him it was time to put a stop to it. That’s when he contacted the CFTC.

May 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 9)
California Water Board Tries to Restrict Dredging

She explained that she didn’t like the numbers that the computer model gave her for this section of river, so she “adjusted the numbers by hand” to more accurately reflect what she thought they should be.

May 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 9)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Congress plays dirty with the Clean Water Act
• Quick action brings reward
• Proposed monuments

June 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 10)
Nine Pound Nugget Found In Northern California!

Nine pound nugget found in 2010 in Nevada County, CaliforniaA recent discovery in Northern California has proven once again that there is still good gold to be found if you do your homework.

June 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 10)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Cap and trade
• Roadless rule
• WDFW backs down thanks to miners
• California dredge permits
• BLM faces lawsuit over access in Washington State

July 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 11)
California Dredgers Shafted by Assembly Democrats

Legislation designed to provide full permit refunds to all suction dredge miners in California has been hijacked in an Assembly policy committee.

July 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 11)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Rahall bill threatens uranium mining
• California Fish & Game claims it needs more time
• Huge new tax burden on coin and bullion transactions
• Refund bill fails in Assembly Committee

August 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 12)
ICMJ Again Matches Funds For PLP Donations

In the meantime, PLP continues to incur costs associated with several ongoing court cases filed on behalf of the mining community. To contribute to their efforts, we are again offering to add twenty-five cents to every PLP donation made between...

August 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 12)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Leaked documents show BLM’s true intentions
• New Oregon small-scale prospecting rules

September 2010 (Vol. 80, No. 1)
Hardrock Mining Accidents Claim Four Lives

Hardrock mining in the US has been hit by a tragic streak of mining accidents in recent months.

September 2010 (Vol. 80, No. 1)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• TMDLs in northern California
• Don't mess with Texas
• EPA and bonding
• Resources Coalition has input on proposed Washington State fees

October 2010 (Vol. 80, No. 2)
How to Handle Claim Jumping

...what do you do when someone intentionally or continually takes gold or other precious metals from your claim?

October 2010 (Vol. 80, No. 2)
Update: Public Lands for the People

October 2010 (Vol. 80, No. 2)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• PLP continues the fight for miners' rights
• Oregon miners fight back
• Bills address strategic minerals

November 2010 (Vol. 80, No. 3)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• The good, the bad, and the ugly
• California and Oregon dredge permits

December 2010 (Vol. 80, No. 4)
CFTC Finds Evidence of Silver Market Manipulation

This is welcome news. Many silver market commentators have stated publicly that the price of silver, currently hovering around $23.50 per ounce, should be much higher due to the scarcity of supply and the lack of faith in fiat currencies such as the US Dollar.

December 2010 (Vol. 80, No. 4)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• A bumpy ride for miners...
• Speaking of climate change...
• "Recreational" mining

January 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 5)
A Word From the Editor

Last year was an extreme roller coaster ride for the economy, mining companies, and precious metal prices, and 2009 looks like it’s shaping up to be another wild ride.

January 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 5)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Environmentalists are missing a golden opportunity
• Special-use authorization not needed

February 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 6)
Oldest Journal Contest - The Winners

We received entries from readers in fourteen states for our contest to find out who has the oldest surviving copy of the Journal, originally named the California Mining Journal..

February 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 6)
Mining Gold Near Elk Creek, Oregon

Using a small excavator to load the gold-bearing ore into the trommel.Ed Bechtel got the gold bug rather recently. In 1999, he was introduced to prospecting by his brother-in-law. Ed joined the Washington Prospectors Mining Association, a local prospecting club, and attended a few gold shows. It was through a gold...

February 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 6)
NovaGold Resources Receives Lifeline

NovaGold Resources announced that it has struck a $60 million private placement deal with Electrum Strategic Resources and will use the cash to repay debt and fund exploration and development.

February 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 6)
Jerritt Canyon Mill May Reopen

Golden Eagle International announced is reached an agreement with Queenstake Resources back on October 14, 2008, to reopen the Jerritt Canyon mill north of Elko, Nevada.

February 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 6)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Senator Reid fails mining industry
• Change you can believe in

March 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 7)
Rahall Proposes Bill to End All Mining in the U.S.

H.R. 699, the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2009, should be labeled H.R. 666 because it appears to have been written by the Devil himself.

March 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 7)
PLP Needs Our Help

Public Lands for the People is taking on the government on behalf of miners to prevent more closures of public lands to mining and to stop excessive regulations...

March 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 7)
From The Editor

We (finally) have the new version of our website up and running, and it seems to be a hit!

April 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 8)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Dredging bill needs your attention
• Miners take the offensive
• Cap-and-trade legislation

April 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 8)
Has Senator Harry Reid Worn Out His Welcome?

Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid, once a staunch supporter of mining and a voice of reason when dealing with public lands issues, seems to have changed his tune.

April 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 8)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Mining reform introduced in Senate
• Obama signs lands bill
• Cap-and-trade

May 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 9)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• California suction gold dredging
• Water rights
• Wilderness
• Climate change
• Two Bush rules left intact

June 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 10)
"New" Gold Rush Has Arrived

Gold mining is garnering national attention as the economy slows and more Americans look for a way to make ends meet.

June 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 10)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Roadless Rule back in play
• Action needed on SB 670
• Abbey recommended to head BLM
• Capped and jobless
• S 787
• SB 796 & HR 699

July 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 11)
The Suction Gold Dredging Fight Continues in California

The story is similar to what has played out over the past several years. The Karuk Tribe of northern California, with the support of several environmental and fishing groups, sues the California Department of Fish & Game in an attempt to stop suction gold dredging in the state. At the same time, they find a state legislator sympathetic to their cause and persuade the legislator to introduce a bill to stop suction gold dredging.

July 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 11)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• California piles on the taxes
• Cap and trade passes House
• EPA to address bonding
• Clean Water Restoration Act

August 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 12)
California Suction Dredging Update

There are two separate issues threatening suction dredging in California.

August 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 12)
BLM Increases Location & Maintenance Fees

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has increased mining claim location fees and maintenance fees in a final rule published in the Federal Register on June 29, 2009.

August 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 12)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Roadless Rule revisited
• Kensington finally gets stamp of approval
• Interior places restrictions on mining claims near Grand Canyon

September 2009 (Vol. 79, No. 1)
Drive Under Way to Restore the Rights of Suction Dredgers

California Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 670 on August 6, 2009, which temporarily halts suction dredging in California until a new Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is completed. This was despite a request from...

September 2009 (Vol. 79, No. 1)
Interview With A Coho Salmon

We’ve obtained the rights to publish this exclusive interview conducted on the Klamath River between David, an environmental activist, and a Coho salmon.

September 2009 (Vol. 79, No. 1)
The Economic Impact of Suction Dredging in California

The 1994 Environmental Impact Report, along with additional information provided here, proves without a doubt that suction dredge miners contribute significant wealth to the economy of California.

September 2009 (Vol. 79, No. 1)
PLP Files Lawsuit to Lift Ban on Suction Dredging

“The goal is to get the rights of suction gold dredgers restored prior to the next dredging season,” stated PLP president Jerry Hobbs.

October 2009 (Vol. 79, No. 2)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Interior considers huge withdrawal in Arizona
• Travel Management Plans
• Roadless Rule has nine lives

October 2009 (Vol. 79, No. 2)
Oregon Miner Challenges Forest Service’s Authority to Regulate Mining

Judging by news accounts, Tracy was doing exactly what H.R. 365, commonly referred to as the Mining Act of 1866, allows him to do.

October 2009 (Vol. 79, No. 2)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Suction dredging update for California
• The anti-mining Congress

November 2009 (Vol 79, No. 3)
The Very First Issue of the Mining Journal

“It said Volume 1, Number 1, August 1931. I couldn’t believe it! I almost fell down!” said Carol. She had found the very first copy of the Mining Journal, in fairly good condition and with all the pages intact!

November 2009 (Vol 79, No. 3)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• California suction gold dredging update
• Governor opposed to Arizona lands withdrawal
• BLM locks up lands in Nevada

December 2009 (Vol. 79, No. 4)
Strong Support at Suction Dredge Meetings

Just prior to press time, we made our way to Sacramento for the second public scoping meeting to comment on the first draft of the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) suction dredge permitting program and the new Environmental Impact Report.

December 2009 (Vol. 79, No. 4)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Senate looks at HR 2262
• Washington Gold & Fish rules

March 2008 (Vol.77, No. 7)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• FWS to delist gray wolf
• Miners need to be heard on wilderness bills
• HR 2016

April 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 8)
The Bawl Mill

• Uncle Sam throws one heck of a party!
• Senator needs to slow down and  reconsider his bill
• Your passport may have more mileage than you do

May 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 9)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

Forest Service tries to further restrict mining
• Bills would set more lands off-limits

May 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 9)
Ask The Experts—Where do I find information about getting paid for raw gold?

Q: Where do I find out information about raw gold being tested for purity, refined, and getting paid cash for it?

May 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 9)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Latest assault on dredging in California
• Travel Management Plans

July 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 11)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

As mentioned in last month’s column, California Assemblywoman Lois Wolk attached a rider to the pending budget bill. The rider calls for a new study (Environmental Impact Report) on the effects of suction gold dredging, funding for the study, and a two-year moratorium on suction dredging while the study is being completed.

August 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 12)
From the Editor

You will find a few articles in this issue that you wouldn’t normally expect to see in the Journal. Don’t fret—we’re not changing our focus, but the time seemed right to address a few pressing topics.

August 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 12)
What's The Best Way To Invest In Gold Or Silver?

Investing in gold and silverFor those of you who don’t have the time or the means available to find gold, or you are just in the wrong part of the country, there are plenty of options available to purchase precious metals.

August 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 12)
No Gas Needed

Tesla RoadsterElon Musk, co-founder of PayPal, has begun production of a fully-electric car at his new company, Tesla Motors. Though the first vehicles to roll off the production line were manufactured in the United Kingdom, the company just announced that the...

August 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 12)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Voters say "yes" to mining in Alaska
• Colorado cyanide ban case presented
• New small-scale regulations released in Washington State
• Colorado roadless areas

October 2008 (Vol. 78, No. 2)
Is There A Gold Shortage?

Coin and bullion dealers confirmed in mid-August that the US Mint was refusing orders from dealers.

October 2008 (Vol. 78, No. 2)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• BLM blocks Democrats
• PLP has their hands full representing miners

November 2008 (Vol. 78, No. 3)
Mining Journal Contest

How much is that old Mining Journal worth?

December 2008 (Vol. 78, No. 4)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Election impact
• New Washington State small-scale regulations

December 2008 (Vol. 78, No. 4)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Keep your eyes on Montana
• Karuk settlement forthcoming
• California water agency looks at more restrictions on mining
• Is that penny worth more than one cent?

January 2007 (Vol. 76, No. 5)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Karuk Tribe case over, for now
• Fundraising continues

February 2007 (Vol. 76, No.6)
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.

February 2007 (Vol. 76, No.6)
Ask The Experts — Could you please write an article explaining core samples?

Q: How about an article on understanding core samples? I am getting emails from mining companies with core sample reports and I am not sure as to what I am reading!

March 2007 (Vol. 76, No. 7)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Federal budget priorities
• Wilderness bills proposed
• Inyo County fights back
• Comments needed by concerned miners in New Mexico

March 2007 (Vol. 76, No. 7)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Comments needed
• California tries another route to restrict miners and dredgers

April 2007 (Vol. 76, No.8)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Endangered Species Act update
• California Fish & Game tries yet another route to stop gold dredgers

May 2007 (Vol.76, No.9)
Exploration, Development and Taxes

Further demonstrating the importance of seeking professional assistance and advice are the tax rules governing the expenses of a mining company. The tax treatment of mine exploration and mine development costs is confusing, complex and often overlooked or ignored—except by the ever-vigilant Internal Revenue Service.

May 2007 (Vol.76, No.9)
US v. Donald Eno—IBLA Rules in Favor of Miner

Don Eno, a long-time member and supporter of Public Lands for the People, won his case in front of the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA), defeating the Forest Service’s attempt to prevent him from mining on his placer claim.

May 2007 (Vol.76, No.9)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Assembly Bill 1032
• Forest Service tries to rewrite Mining Law
• California seeks comments from dredgers
• Support PLP efforts

June 2007 (Vol.76, No.10)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• This is a friendly reminder
• Homebuilders’ case may help miners
• “Ecological resources must be protected…”

August 2007 (Vol. 76, No. 12)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

AB 1032 update
• Heritage Areas
• On to the next one…
• Are you angry enough to get involved?

September 2007 (Vol. 77, No. 1)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• AB 1032 on Governor’s desk
• Shasta Miners take on DFG

October 2007 (Vol. 77, No. 2)
The Next Crisis For America

America’s reliance on foreign imports for minerals and metals continues at an alarming rate. The US Geological Survey reported that the US imported $132 billion in nonfuel minerals and metals in 2006.

October 2007 (Vol. 77, No. 2)
Legislative and Regulatory Update AB 1032—Where Do We Go From Here?

• First, The Great News...
• What's Next?

November 2007 (Vol. 77, No. 3)
Prairie Creek Project Approaches Final Hurdle

Their Prairie Creek project, located in the Mackenzie Mountains of the Northwest Territories of Canada, has a history dating back nearly eighty years when silver and zinc were first discovered there, and includes the involvement of...

November 2007 (Vol. 77, No. 3)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• California suction dredging
• HR 2262

December 2007 (Vol 77, No. 4)
January Issues Delayed For Weeks As USPS Searches Their Facility

“Neither rain nor sleet nor snow...” How does that saying go?

February 2006 (Vol. 75, No. 6)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Senate moves on ESA reform
• Suit challenges patenting
• Canyon takes its case to the Supreme Court

February 2006 (Vol. 75, No. 6)
New Montana Board Moves to Halt Mining

The Montana Board of Environmental Review has extended the comment deadline on a proposed rule for treating water discharged by mining operations. The new deadline is March 17.

February 2006 (Vol. 75, No. 6)
PLP President Intervenes on Behalf of Dredgers

Jerry Hobbs, president of Public Lands for the People, is taking action to prevent undue restrictions on miners utilizing suction dredges in California.

February 2006 (Vol. 75, No. 6)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Meeting planned to address small-scale regulations
• Karuk Tribe update
• Oregon dredgers in their own fight over regulations

March 2006 (Vol. 75, No 7)
A Word from the Editor

Following the hundreds of delivery complaints we received regarding our January 2006 issue, the US Postal Service made a few suggestions to help stem the tide of late deliveries.

March 2006 (Vol. 75, No 7)
Company Notes

• Newmont Mining Corp.
• Norilsk Nickel
• Sterling Mining Company

March 2006 (Vol. 75, No 7)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• USFS cost recovery
• Measure 37 affirmed
• Court declines to hear Canyon Resources claim
• Kempthorne nominated to head Interior

April 2006 (Vol. 75, No. 8)
Federal Court to Address Dredge Permits—The Tulloch Rule

Congress passed Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), which was originally called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, 33 USC 1344, in 1972. Section 404 authorized the US Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to issue permits “for the discharge of dredged or fill material into the navigable waters at specified disposal sites.”

April 2006 (Vol. 75, No. 8)
Economic Impact of Mining in Alaska

The Alaska Miners Association recently released a report on the Economic Impact of Mining on Alaska. The numbers are impressive:

April 2006 (Vol. 75, No. 8)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Original Sixteen to One cleared
• Another court case settled

May 2006 (Vol. 75, No. 9)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• SREP appeals
• No decision yet in Karuk case
• Right to Access bill

June 2006 (Vol. 75, No. 10)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Miners win latest round
• New push to close off lands in New Mexico
• Close call in Peru
• New underground safety requirements

July 2006 (Vol. 75, No. 11)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Supreme Court muddies waterways

August 2006 (Vol. 75, No. 12)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Roadless Rule
• Eastern Oregon miners forced out of water
• Colorado city pushes for more regulations
• Kensington project moves forward

September 2006 (Vol.76, No.1)
New Interim Rules For Washington Miners

New Interim Rules may be coming soon in the state of Washington.

September 2006 (Vol.76, No.1)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Make your votes count
• Court tells Forest Service many access fees are illegal
• Kensington update

October 2006 (Vol. 76, No. 2)
The Robin Redbreast Lode

A Draft Environmental Impact Statement has finally been released for Robert and Marjorie Miller’s proposed lode mine, the Robin Redbreast Lode, in the Uncompahgre Wilderness, located outside of Montrose, Colorado.

October 2006 (Vol. 76, No. 2)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Bill to address RS 2477
• Roadless Rule update

November 2006 (Vol. 76, No. 3)
Ivanhoe Partners With Rio Tinto

Ivanhoe Mines announced that Rio Tinto will invest $1.5 billion to engineer, construct and operate Ivanhoe’s Oyu-Tolgoi copper and gold project in the South Gobi region of Mongolia.

November 2006 (Vol. 76, No. 3)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Election fallout
• Bad news in Bolivia

December 2006 (Vol. 76, No. 4)
Finding Gold in Mokelumne River Canyon

The Mokelumne River was first worked by the ‘49ers, and foundations of Spanish missions and old miner’s cabins are still present. Elton’s first experience with Roaring Camp came in 1947, when he took a job packing in supplies...

December 2006 (Vol. 76, No. 4)
The Bawl Mill

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

January 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 5)
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.

January 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 5)
Looking Back

Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

January 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 5)
The Bawl Mill

• Environmental solution becomes the problem
• How much money are you forfeiting?
• The unbearable snowman

February 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 6)
Ex-MarketWatch Mining Promoter Settles Charges

Thom Calandra, well known for promoting mining companies and precious metals through CBSMarketWatch.com for the past several years, will pay over $540,000 to settle charges he used his investment newsletter to profit from stocks that he owned.

February 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 6)
Sage-Grouse Listing Denied

The federal government decided not to add the greater sage-grouse to the list of endangered species. A listing would certainly have resulted in countless new restrictions across the Western states.

February 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 6)
California Miners Locate Rich Pocket of Specimen Gold

Over fifty pieces of dendritic gold, ranging from 1 gram up to 2.5 ounces, were recently discovered at a mine in the Allegheny Mining District in Northern California.

February 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 6)
Looking Back

Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

February 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 6)
The Bawl Mill

• Our tax dollars at work, or not...
• Crafty robbers make another withdrawl
• Nebraska Governor earns our praise for saving taxpayer money
• State cries "wolf!"
• Let's end on an up note

March 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 7)
Miner Wins Important Victory Against Forest Service

A case involving a Northern California dredger who was cited by the Forest Service for operating without a Notice of Intent, Plan of Operation or special-use authorization was resolved in the miner’s favor.

March 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 7)
The Bawl Mill

• Flattening Syria like a pancake
• "Did I say that out loud?"
• Flower arrangers wilting in Louisiana
• Be careful what you wish for...

April 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 8)
Progress Report on Washington State Small-Scale Regulations

Washington State has some of the most far-reaching, restrictive and overzealous regulations in the United States regarding small-scale prospecting and mining. Take one look at the “Gold and Fish” book, which lays out regulations for...

April 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 8)
Higher Zinc Price Creates Opportunity

Zinc is brittle and crystalline at ordinary temperatures, but when heated to between 110°C and 150°C it becomes ductile and malleable; it can then be rolled into sheets. The bluish-white metal is used principally for galvanizing iron, but also...

April 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 8)
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

May 2005 (Vol. 74, No.9)
Looking Back

Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

May 2005 (Vol. 74, No.9)
The Bawl Mill

• Greenpeace goes down with the ship...
• Airing your dirty laundry...

June 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 10)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Pombo to introduce ESA reform bill
• Utah addresses roadless areas
• Appeal by active duty soldier

July 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 11)
Forest Service Final Rule—When is a Notice or Plan Required?

On June 6, 2005, the Forest Service published a Final Rule regarding section 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 228 (36 CFR 228) titled, “Clarification as to When a Notice of Intent to Operate and/or Plan of Operation is Needed..."

July 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 11)
Copper is King in Arizona

After 11 years of delays, the US Department of Interior approved a land exchange that will allow Phelps Dodge to proceed with development of the Dos Pobres/San Juan copper deposits...

July 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 11)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• BLM claim fees rise. 
• Miners win in Karuk Tribe of California v. USFS

August 2005 (Vol. 74, No. 12)
From the Editor

Thanks to the hard work of our writers and staff, along with the support of our advertisers, we are beginning our 75th year in print.

September 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 1)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• BLM proposes another fee increase
• Old Roadless Rule blocked
• County attempt to regulate leaching thwarted
• Canyon fights on
• New wilderness passes Senate; faces uphill battle in House

September 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 1)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Roadless Rule back in court again
• New mining regulations considered in Europe
• PLP in court on behalf of miners
• Karuk Tribe to appeal
• NEPA rewrite drive gets boost from Katrina

October 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 2)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• ESA reform, finally
• BLM finalizes another fee hike

November 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 3)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Oregon proposes to stop mining in “scenic” waterways
• More news from Oregon
• Interior Department finally back online
• Alaska DNR departures

December 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 4)
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.

December 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 4)
The Bawl Mill

• Expensive bags will be around for a long time
• Year-end spending frenzy begins
• Illinois goes to the Democrats

January 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 5)
From the Editor

There are several news items of interest here at ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal.

January 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 5)
The Bawl Mill

• Stinks like limburger
• Auditors get audited
• Will you be able to afford to retire?
• The $200,000 crow

February 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 6)
Fair and Balanced? If You Have the Cash

Have you ever wondered how misinformation about gold mining makes its way into the mainstream publications and news sources? Recently I stumbled across a “news” story that was pure rhetoric.

March 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 7)
Economic Analysis on Critical Habitat for Bull Trout

The US Fish & Wildlife Service has released the economic analysis and reopened the comment period for their proposal to designate critical habitat for the bull trout in 18,469 river miles and 532,721 acres of lake and reservoir habitat across the Western states.

May 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 9)
Oregon Dredgers Receive Threats From Environmentalists

Oregon dredgers have been receiving notices of intent to sue for violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) from the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC).

June 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 10)
Endangered Species Act is a Mess

You’ve likely read about some of the problems with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the Legislative Update section, and in previous issues of our publication. The problems never seem to end, and it is way past the time for reform. A current story highlights some of these problems.

June 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 10)
Paleontonlogical Resources Preservation Act

Occasionally there are bills that have good intentions but unintended consequences that make them “bad bills.” The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act is one of these bills.

July 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 11)
The Bawl Mill

• Cruising into court
• Where did it all go?
• Big Brother is watching...your odometer?
• Apartment cleaning pays well

August 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 12)
The Bawl Mill

• Inspectors inspect inspector general?
• Mishandling of funds in Iraq
• Has anyone seen my keys?

September 2004 (Vol. 74, No. 1)
The Bawl Mill

• House members "earn" another raise
• So how much is the national debt?

October 2004 (Vol. 74, No. 2)
The Bawl Mill

• Corectting misteaks
• It pays to resign

November 2004 (Vol. 74, No. 3)
The Bawl Mill

• Don't expect Santa to be healthy this Christmas
• Fast-food delivery
• Just in time for the holidays

December 2004 (Vol. 74, No. 4)
Gold Diver's Closes Its Doors

After almost 50 years of service to the mining industry, Burl Cheely, owner of Gold Diver’s and the manufacturer of the Couple-Jet and Taper-Jet line of dredges, is retiring.

December 2004 (Vol. 74, No. 4)
BLM Runs Check on Assay Services

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently conducted a multi-year study of sixty-five assay laboratories to determine the accuracy of their testing procedures. The laboratories, all located in North America, were provided with ore samples of known concentrations without benefit of identifying the source as BLM. Payment was rendered for the service provided.

May 2003 (Vol. 72, No. 9)
From the Editor

An article entitled “BLM Swindles War Hero Out of Gold Mine,” authored by Robert Boatman, appeared in our September 2002 issue. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was unable to provide comment on the article at the time.

May 2003 (Vol. 72, No. 9)
The Bawl Mill

• House members "earn" another raise
• Not the sharpest knife in the drawer...I mean...clerk in the store
• That's 8.49 million first-class postage stamps

October 2003 (Vol. 73, No. 2)
Lawsuit on Alleged Market Manipulation Continues

Blanchard and Company, which claims to be the largest retail gold dealer in the US, announced that its lawsuit against Barrick Gold Corp. and J.P. Morgan Chase & Company will move into the discovery phase.

December 2003 (Vol. 73, No. 4)
Federal and State Biologists Accused of Planting Evidence

Federal and state wildlife biologists planted false evidence of a rare cat species in two national forests, officials told The Washington Times.

February 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 6)
Silver Strike in Happy Camp, California

For Maria McCracken, the quest for gold has been a life-long experience. Maria runs the New 49’ers Prospecting Club in Happy Camp, California, along with her husband Dave, and Gerry Westerkamp. But lately her focus has been on silver.

March 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 7)
43 CFR 3809 Final Rule

I’d like to send out a big “Thank You” to all of our readers who submitted comments regarding the proposed changes to the mining regulations. While we certainly didn’t get everything we asked for, we do have...

April 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 8)
The Bawl Mill

• California Governor buys more votes
• The Bank of the EPA
• Just put it on my card

May 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 9)
California Wilderness Coalition and The Nature Conservancy Recruit Government Employees to Carry Out Huge Land Grab

US Geological Survey, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and California State Employees Attend Environmental Extremist Conference.

May 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 9)
ICMJ Elected Prospecting Magazine of 2002

ICMJ honored with prestigious award.

June 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 10)
The Bawl Mill

• Down on the farm...
• Who you gonna call...
• Deceased still collect wages...

July 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 11)
What's In A Name?

More than you’d think. For the past several years, we’ve attended countless trade shows across the country, handed out sample copies of ICMJ, and expanded our readership considerably by signing up new subscribers.

September 2002 (Vol. 72, No. 1)
DEF Has Another Successful Year

A relaxing trip was long overdue. The deadlines associated with assembling a magazine each month tend to wear on you after awhile. I needed a break. Several organizers of Dredge Earth First were...

September 2002 (Vol. 72, No. 1)
The Bawl Mill

• South Carolina Governor feels violated...
• Biting the hand that feeds you...
• A very seedy business...
• Better cash in some gold if you’re a football fan...

February 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 6)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Norton treasures environment but environmentalists worry
• From the National Forest Service
• Suit Filed Against Roadless Initiative
• New EPA rules restrict ombudsman
• Forest Service Sierra Nevada plan is even opposed by Feinstein

February 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 6)
The Bawl Mill

• Thieves bag a golden frog in museum heist...or do they?
• Aquarium workers ate protected sea turtle...
• Woman entitled to sue over being called "Monica Lewinsky"
• An Affair to Remember...

March 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 7)
BLM 3809 Final Rule Implications

Many readers of ICMJ have asked for more information regarding the BLM’s 3809 regulation changes that were pushed through just prior to the departure of the Clinton Administration.

March 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 7)
GATA Update

GATA’s claims of gold market manipulation “were publicized by the South African press and were presented to important South African officials,” stated Murphy in a recent press release. Here are a few of the highlights:

March 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 7)
The Bawl Mill

• Man offers $300, four cows for hired killing
• Tax Assessor suspended for "sexual favors"
• Divine Intervention
• Big is beautiful

April 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 8)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Submit your comments now regarding BLM's plan to increase fees
• Jumping fron wins federal habitat protection
• NMA challenges "midnight" water regulation

April 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 8)
The Bawl Mill

• And the award goes to...
• How about a cold one?

May 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 9)
The Bawl Mill

• Energy conservation? Or investing in power?
• Collecting Dividends from the "Brown" fund
• Come rain, sleet, or snow...

June 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 10)
GATA Update

Since we first reported on this story in January 2001, the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee has been active with their investigation of possible gold price manipulation by the US government, large bullion banks, and the Bank of International Settlements (BIS).

June 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 10)
Public Lands for the People Educates Prospectors

Public Lands for the People (PLP), a strong advocacy group for property rights, recently went on a campaign to educate prospectors regarding 3809 regulations.

June 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 10)
CMA Conference Summary

I recently attended two out of three days of the California Mining Association’s Annual Conference in Monterey, California, and found it well worth my time.

July 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 11)
The Bawl Mill

...three more days

August 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 12)
The Bawl Mill

• Office supplies—$83.00. Gas for your government car—$29.00. Using your government credit card to pay for your vacation—Priceless.
• Australian government creates a haven for criminals

September 2001 (Vol. 71, No. 1)
A True Endangered Species

Immediate action is needed. I would like to recommend that Homo sapiens be listed as a “threatened species” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

September 2001 (Vol. 71, No. 1)
The Bawl Mill

Normally this spot is reserved for a little humor or diatribe about government abuse. In light of recent events, I don’t think it’s appropriate for this issue. Following are a few personal comments.

October 2001 (Vol. 71, No. 2)
From the Editor

As we all get back to “normal,” or as close to it as we can, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our advertisers for sticking it out through the hard times.

November 2001 (Vol. 71, No. 3)
43 CFR 3809 Update

On October 30, 2001, a final rule and a proposed rule were published in the Federal Register by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Department of Interior (DOI) for 43 CFR 3809. It appears that many of the letters...

December 2001 (Vol. 71, No. 4)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Inter-department letter, Forest Supervisor to Regional Forester seeks assistance in segregating a significant area of the San Bernardino National Forest from mineral entry.
• Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA) stopped in Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
• Forest Service meetings on Roadless Initiative have ended and the comment period closed December 20, but we have been advised that the public will have another opportunity for input.
• On November 8, the BLM held a hearing in Placerville, California, regarding withdrawal of 3,368.85 acres of public land along the South Fork of the American River.

January 2000 (Vol. 69, No. 5)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Forest Service Roadless Initiave comment period is about to close
• Endangered Species Decision Delayed
• 43 CFR Part 3800—Mining Claims Under the General Mining Laws

February 2000 (Vol. 69, No. 6)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Alaska Dredging Draft General Permit AKG-37-1000
• Where the candidates stand

March 2000 (Vol. 69, No. 7)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Babbitt Wants Another 4 Million Acres
• County Ruled Unfair in Mineral Valuations
• Public Comment Period for Clean Water Action Plan

April 2000 (Vol. 69, No. 8)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• California Dept. of Fish & Game Stops Issuing Special Dredge Permits
• Clinton Advisor Defends Roadless Plan Process
• Forest Service to Seek Wilderness Status for Much of Chugach

May 2000 (Vol. 69, No. 9)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Forest Service Oversteps Authority, Former Official Says
• Glamis Gold Ltd. Files Suit to Vacate Solicitor's Opinion
• Babbitt  Targets White Vulcan Mine and San Francisco Peaks in Arizona

June 2000 (Vol. 69, No. 10)
Mine Market / Circulation Manager Returns to High School

Over the past 4 years many of our readers, advertisers, and newsstand vendors have had the pleasure of talking with Matt Koumaras...

July 2000 (Vol. 69, No. 11)
A Word from the Editor

Many of the calls and letters I have received from our readers lately have expressed frustration and outright anger at the Clinton Administration.

July 2000 (Vol. 69, No. 11)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Bush Proposes Cooperation in Land Conservation
• Federal Government Shuts Down Recreational Mining in Idaho
• Forest Service Considers Grassland Comments in Wyoming, Nebraska, North and South Dakota

July 2000 (Vol. 69, No. 11)
The Bawl Mill

• Man turns in two gold bars...
• You'd better get used to the dark...

September 2000 (Vol. 70, No. 1)
A Word from the Editor

I've received a few letters over the past year regarding assays and assayers. Most wanted to know how to tell the good ones from the bad. You'll find most of these questions answered by Ralph Pray in his article, "Fake Assays and Assayers," in this month's issue.

September 2000 (Vol. 70, No. 1)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Idaho EPA may pare back agressive water stance
• House panel recommends changing federal mineral royalty
• Gold mining company raises funds to fight initiative
• Comment period extended

September 2000 (Vol. 70, No. 1)
A Word from the Editor

You may recall seeing the Treasure Hawk Mine cleanup project featured in the August 2000 issue of ICMJ...

October 2000 (Vol. 70, No. 2)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Bush probably could take back monuments. But would he?
• Oregon Group Needs Your Help
• Critical Habitat Proposed for California Red-legged Frog

October 2000 (Vol. 70, No. 2)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• More National Monument news
• Land-use advocates file another suit over National Monuments
• NWMA's Linda Skaer addresses EPA in northern Idaho

November 2000 (Vol. 70, No. 3)
The Bawl Mill

• "As-is" car includes $82,000 cash
• Keep your eyes on your saw blade
• "In lieu of flowers please vote for Bush/Cheney."
• Tampa Mayor gets the boot
• Big donors don't bother to vote

December 2000 (Vol. 70, No. 4)
Letter to the Editor

Follow the chain of letters between everyday prospectors Robert and Lesa Barton of Oregon and Deputy Regional Forester Linda Goodman.

December 2000 (Vol. 70, No. 4)
Legislative and Regulatory Update

• A parting shot from the Clinton Administration
• 43 CFR-3809
• Clinton signs Steens Mountain
• Report denounces EPAs basin cleanup
• Group sues to reverse Sequoia National Monument designation

December 2000 (Vol. 70, No. 4)