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Common Operations—Small-Scale Mining and Sharing the "Take"

The “Forty-niners,” known as “Argonauts,” separated the loose gold known as “wet diggin’s” from the river gravels using a wash pan. The pan was made of tin or iron and had a flat bottom and sloping sides.

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Dredging at Real Del Castillo, Baja


Suction gold dredging at Real Del Castillo, a remote and seldom visited old gold mining camp less than fifty miles north and east of Ensenada, Mexico.

California State Gold Panning Championship Results


The seventh annual California State Championships started off with a roar and it never ended until the champions were named at the end of the two-day event. The setting was perfect. The event was being held in the historic mining town of Foresthill, northeast of Sacramento.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• It's almost November
• Two federal land managers found guilty of contempt
• A chance to halt additional wilderness in Southern California
• Oregon mineral withdrawal
• A really good reason to get out and vote in Oregon

MMAC & PLP Update


Just prior to our press deadline, we learned that a bill had been introduced in the Idaho House of Representatives to redefine suction gold dredging as a preferred use in public waterways in Idaho.

The Bawl Mill


• FEMA funds fraudulent funerals (say that 3 times fast!)
• Michigan drivers pick up the pace
• The hogs are at the trough again
• Working on a percentage basis

Lighting the Way Underground 1860-1940s


Man has toiled for thousands of years underground to unlock the treasures that Mother Earth has buried just beyond view. A source of light was of the utmost importance to the miner and many developments evolved through the passage of time.

V.P. Contender Addresses Mining Show


Republican vice presidential contender Dick Cheney, continuing a campaign swing through the West, said the Clinton administration has failed to step up and toe the mark for the mining and energy industry.

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