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April 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 8) $3.25

  • The Bawl Mill

    • New Zealanders know how to spend taxpayer money, too
    • The anti-terrorism television
    • Diverting federal funds...
    • Finally! Your tax dollars truly at work for you
  • Our Readers Say

    • Re: "Designation of Critical Habitat Provides Little Additional Protection to Species"
    • Re: "Fair and Balanced?  If You Have the Cash"
    • Re: "The Joy of Prospecting"
    • Re: "Texas Hill Country Gold"
  • Legislative and Regulatory Update

    • Important court decisions that affect miners
    • Move to repeal I-137
    • Comments needed tin southern California
  • Wyoming—A Land That Time (And Explorationists) Forgot

    Wyoming is a vast state, covering nearly 260,000 km2 of surface area, which houses fewer people than most cities (less than 500,000 call Wyoming home). The state has no state income tax, is driven by taxes generated by the oil and gas...
  • Two Arrested in Alleged Mining Investment Scheme

    The US attorney’s office indicted Diana Flaherty, of Las Vegas, and Michael Gardiner, of San Diego, in connection with a securities fraud scheme. According the indictment, Flaherty, and her husband Robert (now deceased), had managed Phoenix Metals USA II. Gardiner is identified as a company shareholder.
  • Wall-Rock Alteration

    Wall-rock (country rock) alteration is found in all hard-rock mining districts and has been caused by hydrothermal solutions in the past history of the region. The zones of alteration have a bearing on where one might drill for ore bodies. The weekend prospector does not have the tools nor knowledge to block out ore deposits, but he can narrow down his search dramatically by understanding the zones of wall-rock alteration that he sees.
  • Melman Reports From PDAC—News About India, China, and a Potential Shortage of Nickel

    PDAC’s (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada) annual convention held each spring in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is generally regarded as the largest and most impressive annual gathering of the mining industry in the world.
  • Picks & Pans: Family's Identity Forged Working Nevada's Gold

    My mother stands in the desert, a hot wind kicking up puffs in the sand around her feet. She’s staring hard at the rusted buckets, weathered boards and mine shafts scattered throughout the sagebrush, concentrating, and I can tell she’s not really here. Not here now, at least. She is here 65 years ago. And this is not a long-abandoned ghost town at the end of a dirt road in one of Nevada’s endless stretches of nowhere.
  • Researching Suitable Areas to Detect for Free-Milling Gold

    For hundreds, even thousands of years, gold has brought forth the worst as well as the best in the cultures of the world. It has pitted country against country, man against man, and brother against brother. There are countless tales...
  • A Working Arrastra

    If everything you see, the men, the animals, the crude mechanism that grinds gold from rock, everything around you, looks to be from centuries ago, if the mysterious sound you hear is pure history and the smell around you is primitive, if the earth beneath your feet quivers with untold strangeness; and, the taste in your mouth sweeps time out of mind then, if all of this happens at once, if every one of your five senses has taken you into the past, then you’ve traveled back in time.
  • Training Videos From NIOSH

    Mining safety professionals can take advantage of training videos provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
  • The Golden Highway—Amador County

    Leaving sprawling Calaveras County, California, and heading north, the next county along the Golden Highway (Hwy 49) is tiny Amador County. Packed into it’s roughly twenty-five mile stretch of the historical roadway are some of the most charming, scenic towns that will be encountered along the whole way. This stretch was also home to some of the richest gold placers during the gold rush, a fact not lost on those who still try their hand at panning and dredging today.
  • Prospectores Unite in Washington State

    West coast prospectors and dredgers gathered for an informal meeting following the Washington Prospectors Mining Association tradeshow in late February to discuss common problems and solutions inherent to the group.
  • Flexible Circuits Possible From Gold Wire

    Researchers at Johns Hopkins University said they have constructed electronic circuits that can stretch like rubber. Possible uses include  wearable electronics or artificial nerves.
  • Looking Back

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

    This past month certainly had its share of attention-grabbing headlines starting with the overwhelming wins by (presumed) Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry of Massachusetts. He effectively swept aside all opposition in a series of Democratic primary election wins from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
  • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices

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