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California State and US National Panning Championships

On Labor Day weekend, September 1st and 2nd, two days of furious, almost non-stop panning went on.

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Q: I have a gold mine in Colorado. There was an assay done which stated [there is] a lot of quartz within the mine. What is the cheapest way to mine it for gold? I don’t have the money for mills, etc. Can I do it by hand (during summer holidays), and how would I get started?

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The great transition has now occurred as we move away from the Age of Fed Chairman Greenspan and into the Age of Fed Chairman Bernanke. However, Mr. Greenspan was kind enough to leave a last-minute parting gift by raising the overnight lending rate to 4.5% on his last day in office, January 31, 2006.

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Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

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Back in the early 1990s, a gold mining club in northern California (on the Klamath River near Happy Camp), was offering a free "Trial Week" to test their claims. I decided to take them up on their offer. After obtaining a California Dredge Permit, I loaded my trusty Jeep with my camping gear...

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