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Hardrock in Downieville

A recent weekend trip found us leaving the Grass Valley, California area to meet up with some friends in Downieville.

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I have smaller pans for cleaning black sand concentrates, big pans for taking large samples, pans with corners for pouring out materials, and pans with lots of special riffles. This variation is why I have so many pans—they each have their specialty.

Proposed Regulations for California Suction Dredging


One of the most asinine proposals in the SEIR is to require miners to state when and where they will be dredging. This information would be accessible to the public, which would make them prime candidates for getting their homes burglarized while they are out mining.

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The “battle lines” are being clearly drawn. By the time you receive this issue both party conventions will take place within just a few weeks and there will be only four months until the final vote.

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We all love to see that first glimmer of gold when it peeks out from under the black sand in our pan, or feel the weight of a nugget in our scoop when we dig a good target. But sometimes things don’t go quite so smoothly.

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