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Forest Service Final Rule—When is a Notice or Plan Required?

On June 6, 2005, the Forest Service published a Final Rule regarding section 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 228 (36 CFR 228) titled, “Clarification as to When a Notice of Intent to Operate and/or Plan of Operation is Needed..."

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GPS Speeds Filing of Claims in Alaska


Alaska Governor Tony Knowles signed a bill making several beneficial changes to Alaska mining claim location law.

Copper Mine Opening in Utah


A second copper mine is opening in Utah with prices for the metal at their highest in a decade.

ICMJ's 11th Annual Photo Contest Results


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Looking Back


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

Permafrost Tunnel Shows Cross-sections of Past


A few miles north of Fairbanks stands what looks like a shack pushed back against a hill. Behind its front door dwells a distant past when saber-toothed tigers, mastodons and even camels roamed Alaska's Interior.

BLM Warning About Purchase of Mining Claims on the Internet


In a dramatic reversal of policy the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has posted the following on the huge internet auction house, eBay. Mining claims are currently being offered on eBay with prices ranging into the millions of dollars and apparently the BLM is concerned that many of these claims may not have mineral values that reflect their huge asking prices, be improperly filed, or have one or more of the many other problems that can affect mining claims.

Guest Editorial—Sentaor Craig of Idaho Looking Into MSHA Complaints


Citations and fines were found to be arbitrary and capricious...

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