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

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Prospecting and Mining Old Mine Sites


In some places valuable ores can be found within the waste material of mine dumps, sorted ore piles, and detrital vein matter at the surface. Though many of these old mine sites can be an excellent source of gold, not all are created equal.

Coprolite—A Prospector's Tale


Gold nuggets come in all forms, but I never expected that dinosaur nuggets would too, and at a decent price.

Following the Clues


It took me awhile before I finally got a nice mellow signal. My nugget turned out to weigh in about two dwt (pennyweight). Over the next few hours, we all picked up a few more nuggets apiece.

Return to Chicken, Alaska


I figured it would be quite conservative of me to shoot for about four ounces of gold instead of the twelve ounces I had found in 2013.

Advantages of Modern Prospectors


Modern-day placer miners have many advantages over the prospectors of the gold rush days. Our prospectors can reap many benefits from accumulated knowledge of the last 100 to 150 years, which is a long and impressive list.

Resurrecting An Old Hard Rock Mine


There were nice sections of vein material at the end of several drifts, like they just stopped work one day and walked away.

My Great Nevada Adventure


…with renewed determination and a belief in success, I did finally find a nugget. It was there waiting under a bush not 50 feet from my truck.

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