From Hand Sluice to Dredge
December 2008 by David Shackleton“This here is a sluice,” David said as he held up a long shiny metal object. He explained how, when set in the water properly, heavy objects like gold and lead would be trapped behind the riffles, and the lighter material...
I didn’t think too much of our dredge hole and we were both considering a move when we hit bedrock. There was a good quantity of flakes and fines, but no nuggets.
Man O Man, if politics isn’t the strangest game! First, we had a Presidential election that wasn’t over the night it’s over, but instead dragged on for weeks on end before “Dubya” was declared the winner. Then we had the Senatorial contest in Washington that dragged on for more weeks before the Democratic candidate won that squeaker, reducing the Senate to a fifty-fifty proposition with the Republicans having a minuscule edge by virtue of the Vice President being of their party.
• Suction dredging update for California
• The anti-mining Congress
Dick DeVoto, head of Canyon Resources Corp., said his company's lawsuit against the state of Montana will go after the voter-initiated ban on the use of cyanide for mining. This marks a change in strategy.
• Snake fence upsets environmentalists...
• Job appointments based on credentials, not connections, says the governor...
Toward the end of this summer, we expect another Federal Register notice will be published that deals with Forest Service mining regulations.
The Bawl Mill • Mining Journal Contest • Bullion River's French Gulch Gold Mine • Montana Tunnels Gets Final OK • Reading A River: Finding The Paystreaks—Part I • Gold Miners Hunker Down Amid Financial Storm • Lluvia de Oro—A Shower of Gold Awaiting Development in the Sierra Madre—Part II • Melman on Gold & Silver (2008 Year in Review) • Chavez Eyes Venezuela’s Largest Gold Mine • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices