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Forest Service Pays Miners $245K for Unlawful Destruction of Mine

In July 2008, the Marstons filed an administrative claim alleging that when US Forest Service employees or their agents entered upon the Marstons’ claims and bulldozed the shaft and trenches, they engaged in unlawful trespass, negligently destroyed property, and committed a nuisance...

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PLP Update


It is in all of our best interests to have our voices heard. According to the current documents, two local areas that we use frequently… are being considered as being listed as ACEC’s (Areas of Critical Environmental Concern).

Tyrie's Roadway Nugget


I will have to admit, I actually was brought to tears just thinking about what I had just done. I knew the gold was there, but I never thought I would be so fortunate to find such a prize nugget.

Testing Ores for Free Gold


I get a number of questions from people about testing and treating hard rock ores. The simplest way, but also an expensive one, is to just have an assay test done by an independent assay firm. As an alternative...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Comment deadlines approaching for frog listings and habitat
• EPA seeks more control
• Comments due in Washington
• California dredging moratorium
• PLF sues to delist polar bear

The Basics of Permitting and Bonding Your Mining Operation


With the recent surge of interest in gold projects, it’s about time to revisit a subject that strikes fear into the hearts of small-scale miners: Permits.

State May Re-Examine Plans on Dredge Use Near Hope


The State Division of Governmental Coordination said it should have been asked to review the project a year ago to make sure the mine complies with the Alaska Coastal Zone Management Plan.

Detecting for Gold: A Return to Familiar Ground


I probably swung over a few targets without noticing them. My first target came  about ten minutes later as I went over a part of the high bench in this wide section of the dry wash.

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