Guest Editorial—Vertical Disintegration
September 2001 by Henry LambSince the New Deal of the 1930s, government has grown increasingly proficient at squeezing—not extra profits—but individual freedoms from the very people they are empowered to protect. By first taking our money in the form of taxes, the government then offers to return some of it, but only if it is used for the purposes dictated by the government.
For the second year in a row the historic mining town of Foresthill hosted the California State Gold Panning Championships. The State Championships are sponsored by the Mother Lode Goldhounds, a California non-profit corporation.
I didn’t know what to expect because the area we were working was not close to the water, but we were pleasantly surprised when we began to pan out some nice flakes and a few pickers.
A local mining company had been mining in the Circle mining district area creeks in interior Alaska for sixteen years. Using bulldozers, drag-lines, water pumps, and large sluicing plants, the owner-operator was very familiar with the geology...
In our April and May 2001 issues we reported on the administrative hearings involving the 16-to-1 Mine and their fight against countless MSHA citations, many of which seemed to be driven by inspectors following their own agenda.
In 1983, some of the ore yielded more than 2,500 ounces of gold within 30 feet of the surface. The shoot pinched to a narrow vein.
The hope was that a bit of the gold from that famous old pocket mine had worked its way down the slope of the hill and into the gravels Pat and his crew were planning to mine.
Only the richest ores could be worked and shipped off for processing at a profit. As a result, early mining in the southern part of the Humboldt Range was short-lived. In the 1880s, placers were discovered in Spring Valley and American Valley on the east side of the range...
The Bawl Mill • A True Endangered Species • USGS Reports Increase of Imported Minerals • The San Juan Mountains, Colorado • A Silver Opportunity • Gold in Virginia • Picks & Pans: DEF Prospectors Rally Was a Huge Success • News From GATA • Our Nugget Shooting Adventure • How PGMs Affect Assay Beads • Fly Fishing the Mine Tailings/Headwaters of the Clark Fork, Montana • Company Notes • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices