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Carrizozo Lava Older Than Once Thought

The Valley of Fires lava flow outside Carrizozo is older than previously thought. In geologic terms, the central New Mexico volcanic feature is still a youngster at 5,000 years old. But that's considerably older than the 1,000-year-old tag scientists once placed on it...

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• USFS Draft Reclamation Bond Guide needs your comments
• Colorado seeks ownership of rights of way
• Comments needed for Sierra Nevada EIS
• Roadless rule to stand, with a few changes

Gold Prospecting Is For Ladies, Too


The large nugget just sat there and would not budge, mocking me as if to say, “I have been here for 3,000 years and I am not leaving.”

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• "Not a pollutant"
• Thank you Senator Sessions
• California suction dredging
• EPA uses secret email accounts

Benefits of a Detecting Partner


“Metal detecting is not a social function.” So said a good friend of mine. And it’s true. But that’s not to say the benefits of having a prospecting partner don’t outweigh those of being alone.

The Carson City Mint


In the early 1860s, the rich mines of Virginia City and the surrounding area were pouring forth millions of dollars in gold and silver each year. Additional mines located at White Pine, Aurora, Humboldt and other Nevada locations were also yielding millions in gold and silver.

The Investigation


Six sticks of dynamite had been found in the glove compartment of an abandoned car back in 1972. This started an investigation by every level of law enforcement, including the federal government, in the Silver City, New Mexico area.

Picks & Pans: Dredging After The Flood


It was dredging season, 1997, after the catastrophic flood had hit us in January—a flood that took out bridges, roadways, undermined the railroad tracks in several places, and isolated us in the town of Quincy, California, for a week. The fog was so thick that planes couldn’t even land at the airport.

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