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Death Valley Find is Apparent Hoax

Jerry Freeman became an instant celebrity in January by announcing the discovery of a 149-year-old trunk belonging to a band of Gold Rush settlers he's obsessively researched for more than a decade.

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Melman on Gold & Silver


Quite suddenly, another major financial issue with significant implications for the world of precious metals has been gaining growing attention. We are referring to concern about looming “currency wars,” and we also discuss that topic...

Frozen Prospects


There is one rule of thumb when prospecting for gold in Alaska: You’ll find your best pay in southern-sloped exposed ground. This is not to say there’s no gold on northern exposed gulches where the sun has trouble reaching it and limited melting occurs. It’s harder, and more time consuming, to look for easy prospects in northern exposures.

Lower Prices Bring Layoffs


The extensive cost reductions now being put in place are not just a short-term reaction to the recent drop in gold prices...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• The ESA used, and apparently abused, in Arizona and New Mexico
• In a somewhat related story...
• Among the numerous bills that died when Congress adjourned...
• More on the ESA
• Miners must present proof of filing, says IBLA
• Federal government backs mining project
• Appeals Court says Clinton roadless rule can stay

Looking Back


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

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Q: What are the advantages or disadvantages of hand crank vs. battery power vs. blower? And your preference?

Back to Basics--Finding Gold With a Pan and a Sluice


Don’t hunker down and just keep digging in one spot where there is very little or no gold—if you don’t find it, you’ve got to get up and move on!

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The Bawl Mill   • New York Meeting Examines Gold's Monetary Role   • Mining Ends in Leadville   • Mine Woes Could Mean Higher Taxes   • The Federal Land Survey System   • Exchange Moves to Protect Investors from Mining Scams   • The Beer That Saved Goldfield   • Mining Benefits Everyone During Winter Months   • AZ Miners and Minerals Department Threatened with Elimination   • Alaska Minerals Poster Available from BLM   • Digital Tools—The PC and GPS   • Small Mines Bill Clears Committee   • Successful Mineral Property Promotion   • Picks & Pans: Confessions of a Small Miner—Part I   • Gold in Moffat County, Colorado   • Forest Service Chief Calls for Mining Moratorium in Montana   • Governor Tells Industry He Will Consider Tax Cuts   • Company Notes   • Gold Mine Becomes "Golden Partner" of California Sesquicentennial   • IBLA Limits Patent to Mineral Rights in Wild & Scenic River Corridors   • Melman on Gold & Silver   • Claim Staking Rush Northern Quebec, Canada   • Looking Back

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