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Hands & Pans on the South Yuba River

If you confess to being a recreational "hands-and-pans" mining enthusiast, chances are you do not hold your own valid mining claim. You also realize locating a stretch of stream or river to legitimately dip your gold pan into is as much work to find as those precious flecks of gold.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


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Mining Claim Maintenance Fee Due


For miners holding a mining claim, mill site or tunnel site on public lands, August 31, 1999 is the last day to meet the annual filing requirement and pay the $100 maintenance fee to the Bureau of Land Management.

PLP Update


Public Lands for the People has established an online petition. We would like to gather thousands of signatures from across the country to show members of Congress that their constituents are supporting this legislation.

Melman on Gold & Silver


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Police Extend Detention of Newmont Executives


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