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An Unusual Death in Downieville's Gold Rush

While women were extremely rare in the early California gold camps, their relative absence did not always guarantee their safety or protection if they happened to be of Mexican nationality. The most memorable, graphic example of this tendency took place in Downieville, seat of Sierra County located on a fork of the Yuba River.

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Town Hall Meeting in Sierra City, California


I was invited to attend a meeting on April 7 in Sierra City, between Forest Service officials and a group of concerned area miners regarding what the miners described as abuses by the BLM and local Forest Service officials.

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The one he’s rolling around in his fingers is nice—5.23 carats, nearly the size of a marble, pure and white. But the diamond that Alphonse Ngoyi Kasanji is talking about is the big one—the one that got taken away.

Industry Urges Restraint on Mining Reforms


Wyoming mining interests say the federal government doesn't need tougher environmental cleanup rules governing mineral extraction from public lands.

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