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Desert Phone Trashed

The once very lonely phone booth in the Mojave desert 75 miles southwest of Las Vegas, reported on in last month's ICMJ and media throughout the world, became a media darling...

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Revised Dredge Regulations Published for California—Pure Garbage


We can’t say it wasn’t expected. The California Department of Fish & Game released revised suction gold dredging regulations on February 17, 2012, and it’s obvious the agency wants to make life as difficult as possible for dredgers.

Lucky Shot Mine and the Willow Creek Plutons


Once a thriving mining community, the town of Lucky Shot, Alaska,  also known as Kellyville, is nowhere to be found today. Buildings were either hauled away or burned. The snow loads of the Talkeetna Mountains crushed some of...

Successful Detecting Requires Attention to Detail—Part I


So much of gold detecting depends on attention to detail. Every gold area offers its own distinct geological markers and as prospectors we must pick up on those markers.

Montana Lawmakers Want Economic Review of New Mining Rule


A group of lawmakers is asking the state to review the economic effects of a new mining law that one lawmaker contends is nothing more than a thinly veiled effort to end all mining in Montana.

Golden Age of Gold Dredges


Over one hundred years ago, gold mining in California saw a radically new method tried out in the major rivers of the Central Valley. Large gold dredges floated lazily but noisily on the waters, bringing up the rich gravel from deep below. With none of today’s environmental restrictions on such methods, the landscape was reworked into a maze of patterns along the rivers.

The Hunch


The mysteries of this spot were only just starting to develop. There is nothing but very bland granite-type rocks here,  meaning no bold, favorable indicators.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• California suction gold dredging update
• Governor opposed to Arizona lands withdrawal
• BLM locks up lands in Nevada

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