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You will find a few articles in this issue that you wouldn’t normally expect to see in the Journal. Don’t fret—we’re not changing our focus, but the time seemed right to address a few pressing topics.

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Feds Sue California over Sales of Public Lands


They cited concerns that the Trump administration would allow more logging, oil drilling, mining or development on some of the 46 million acres controlled by the federal government in California.

Melman on Gold & Silver


...a substantial number of news headlines reflected the growing realization that much of the “green shoots” optimism of the past few months was premature.

Flood Plain Gold Deposits—What Are They Really?


We just completed a trip to another river, and yes, there was definite movement and redistribution of gravels, and other prospectors have seen this as well.

The History of Gold Mining in Sierra County


There may be some truth to some of the fantastic claims. The Ruby Drift Mine near Forest City is where 159 nuggets were taken out between 1937 and 1942—a total of about 1,000 ounces with an estimated value of $1.5 million when gold was...

How to Refine Silver—Pt I


Silver refining has been used from ancient times to change the characteristics of the metal. Early metallurgists refined silver by heating it a couple hundred degrees above its melting point and holding the metal at an elevated temperature for a period of time.

Tips for Detecting Old Hydraulic Pits


There are several counties around Shasta County that offer very good gold detecting. Many of these locations are old hydraulic pits. While detecting these old pits over the years I have come up with some ideas on how to go about hunting them.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Oregon passes SB 838
• Meanwhile, in California

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