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Fellow Miner, Left for Dead, Needs Our Help

On January 11, 2002, at 7:00 am, a passerby found what he thought was a dead body by the Pro-Mack South Quartzsite store in front of the gate to the storage lockers next door. The police arrived to find Don Thornton, the Pro-Mack South Quartzsite store manager, unconscious, black and blue...

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Change is coming at Interior
• Interior Department seeking public comment regarding minerals

Melman on Gold & Silver


Budgetary deficits can be reversed by a combination of only two factors; increasing revenues and decreasing expenditures, and we would prefer a combination of both factors occurring simultaneously. Unfortunately, it appears to us that President Obama failed to respond to such simple considerations.

Why Did This Silver Mine Close? Pt II


During the mid-1800s until about 1920, the settlers of the West tended to be quite optimistic, but in reality they flew with a wing and a prayer.

California's Original Sixteen to One Mine


The Sixteen to One mine is located in the little town of Alleghany, 40 miles from Nevada City, in Northern California. It has less than sixty residents. The town sits at an altitude of 4,500 feet. In 1885, the town was named by a group of miners...

New Rules For Taxing Pass-Through Income


...the tax rate for an incorporated, small-scale mine or mining-related business will be reduced from the former 35 percent rate to 21 percent for the 2018 tax year and thereafter.

PLP Members Win Occupancy Case—Appeals Continue


Public Lands for the People (PLP) members Ron Lex and his mining partner Ken Waggener of Etna, California, were cited for occupying their mining claim in Klamath National Forest for more than 14 days. The section cited was Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 261.10(b). This CFR states that a special use authorization must be obtained for occupying a claim on National Forest land for more than 14 days. In some forests the time is 30 days.

The Bawl Mill


• Regulations add fuel to the fire...
• We'd like to give the Postal Service our two cents!
• By the numbers...

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