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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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The Robin Redbreast Lode


A Draft Environmental Impact Statement has finally been released for Robert and Marjorie Miller’s proposed lode mine, the Robin Redbreast Lode, in the Uncompahgre Wilderness, located outside of Montrose, Colorado.

The Gold of Plumas de Oro


Their rewards were far better than they had anticipated, resulting in one of the best clean-ups they had ever seen.

Guest Editorial—Changing the Rules


Increasing restrictions on use of public lands are causing a widening tear through the country's economic and social fabric.

Melman on Gold & Silver


Who would have thought it possible? According to a New York Times editorial in late January, they predict that the terrorist attack on September 11 will not be remembered by historians as the most significant event of the last half of 2001. Their new choice is the collapse of corporate giant Enron—and they just may be right.

Gold Prospecting on Sixmile River


As part of the Hope-Sunrise Mining District, mining activity was at a frenzy in the area in 1902, when miners like Mr. S.W. Weible worked the gold rich gravels of Canyon Creek...and recovered $7,000 in gold dust.

A Break in the Weather


Back at the entry point of the mine, we took turns slowly crawling down the slope leading into the mine portal with our metal detectors, hard hats and flashlights. The mine was hand dug and is about 75 yards long.

Serpentine in California


Serpentine, as used in this article, is both a rock and a mineral. The rock should be termed "serpentinite," but the word "serpentine" is in common usage for both the rock and mineral.

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