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April 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 8) $3.25

  • The Bawl Mill

    • Feeding at the government trough
    • Environmental group tops the US domestic terroritst list
    • Some towns will do anything for tourism...
  • Legislative and Regulatory Update

    • Utah, fed up with federal and environmental policies, takes action
    • Administration proposes ending fish protections to settle suit
    • Court finds fault with Forest Service spotted owl study
  • 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...
  • Alluvial Fans

    Alluvial fans are essentially dry land “deltas” which can be found in all climates. However, they are best developed in arid and semi-arid regions, where they may be many square miles in area. They are built up by outpourings of silt, sand, and gravel caused by seasonal run-off, as well as by boulders and cobbles carried by flash floods.
  • Platinum Claims on Heines Creek

    There aren’t too many workable placer deposits of platinum in the world today. Most of the platinum found is in hardrock lodes, usually mixed in the gold, silver or copper outcrops.
  • Picks & Pans: Eureka! We Struck It Again

    About a half-hour after everything got underway, James came back to Harley, whispering, “Harley, you’re not going to believe this, but I just detected a vein with gold, lots of gold...I mean lots of gold. You’ve got to come and see this.”
  • More on Meteorites many of us have knowingly found or bought a meteorite—a small to large mass of stone or metal; a meteor that has survived not only a space voyage of millions of years, but also the impact of striking the earth?
  • The Gold Hill and Iowa Mine, Boise County, Idaho: 1863-1895

    In August 1862, prospectors from Walla Walla, Washington, led by George Grimes, discovered gold near the present townsite of Pioneer City. Grimes was killed by Indians shortly after the discovery. The remaining argonauts retreated to Walla Walla. On October 10, 1862, 52 men returned to Grimes Creek. They built a fort and several cabins before continuing their quest for gold.
  • The First Prospectors

    Who were the earliest prospectors in the Western Hemisphere? Is there any way to tell?
  • All That Glitters is Gold

    Or is it? These man-made nuggets first started appearing on some of the Internet auction sites in the summer of 1999, at which time I became a little suspicious and purchased two of them.
  • Aussie Gold—Swinging Over to South Australia

    Since the founding of the original colony in 1836, minerals have proven a vital resource to fund the State’s development. Originally, copper was the lifeblood, being discovered not long after settlement.
  • Melman on Gold & Silver

    Well, will wonders never cease!? It appears that Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan actually smiled when giving his most recent testimony to Congress. Actually, he was so upbeat that he carried the whole stock market with him—as well as others around the world. In fact, if there was one over-riding characteristic of the past month, it was the return of optimism over the economic future.
  • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices

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