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April 2003 (Vol. 72, No. 8) $3.25

  • The Bawl Mill

    Freedom request denied
    Missing sandwich becomes a federal case
    Washington man takes the initiative
    And I complained that the Journal was delivered late...
  • Impact of Habitat Designations Grossly Underestimated

    A UC Berkeley professor says the federal government is using an analysis method that seriously underestimates the economic impact of critical habitat designations for imperiled species.
  • Legislative and Regulatory Update

    • Alaska Governor blasts state habitat division
    • Laws proposed and reviewed in Washington State
    • Comments needed on California's arsenic goals
    • New explosives requirements
    • Bill introduced to curb ESA abuses
  • Manslaughter Charges Dropped Against Sixteen to One Mine

    Manslaughter charges against the Original Sixteen to One Mine, company president Mike Miller, and manager Jonathan Farrell, were dismissed by Judge Stanley Young Jr. in Downieville, California.
  • A Unique Prospecting Method

    In 1948, I lived alone in the Cerrillos Mountains south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the Tom Payne Mine. When lead and zinc metal prices suddenly took a nosedive, our ore and concentrate shipments from the Payne to the ASARCO smelter...
  • Over the Divide

    Ron Stockman
      1939—2003
  • Cripple Creek, Colorado

    The historic mining town of Cripple Creek (population 600) is 43 miles, by paved highway, west of Colorado Springs, almost two miles high in the Colorado Rockies.
  • Picks & Pans: Virginia Prospecting

    On a recent day in late November, the Virginia deer hunting season was in full swing. For most of the morning, while I was busy shoveling stream gravel into a sluice, the surrounding woods echoed with the sound of gunfire and...
  • PLP Gets the Key!

    I am an electrical contractor and a Board Member of Public Lands for the People (PLP). I have clients, a husband and wife, who own private property in the Los Padres National Forest. There are two ways to access their property. Both are pilots and able to fly in via small plane or helicopter, which for me was an exciting perk of working at this property.
  • Mariposa, California

    The sleepy town of Mariposa, known more today as one of the gateways to Yosemite National Park, was once considered the southern end of the famed “Mother Lode” gold deposits that stretched hundreds of miles throughout California’s Sierra...
  • The Ocampo District, Chihuahua

    The village of Ocampo is wedged in a canyon about 178 miles, by Mexican Highway 16, west of the city of Chihuahua. It is a few miles west of Basaseachic Falls, and a few miles south of Highway 16, in high chaparral at an elevation of 6,500 feet. The completion of Highway 16 across the Sierra Madre Occidental greatly improved access to the region...
  • The Collaboration

    When Jimmy stuck his head in my office that morning, little did I realize that his question would lead to a surprising collaboration. “Hey, Slusher, did you know that the Rock Shop out east of Deming has a pile of our ore in their back yard?”
  • Mud Creek Placer Mine

    Continued from last month...
    The Mud Creek Placer Mine is a true quest. Previously we acknowledged the rich reserves contained in the ground near Candle, Alaska. Now the miners and equipment need to find their way there and start the operation.
  • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices

  • Looking Back

    Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
  • Melman on Gold & Silver

    Never have I regretted the deadlines we must work with at this publication as I do this month, for events of tremendous significance are likely to occur between the time this column must be prepared and the time our readers will receive it.

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