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Huge Opal Sells for Nearly $144k at Alaska Auction

The opal is larger than a brick and is broken into two pieces, which von Brandt said was a practice used decades ago to prove gem quality.

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Former Sunshine Miners Find Work in Montana


Like almost 200 other Silver Valley miners, Butch Dempsey used to work at the Sunshine Mine in Kellogg. But, along with dozens of the others, he now works for the Columbus, Montana-based Stillwater Mining Co., about 400 miles to the east...

Prospecting for Meteorites with a Metal Detector


The following article has been written with a two-fold purpose; first, to help familiarize anyone interested in “meteorite shooting,” and second, to stress the importance of scientific research.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• EPA rule blocked

Taking on the EPA, Sasquatch, Ratchilla and Gold Dredging


...we packed up our two dredges and headed for our claim about an hour away on the South Fork of the Clearwater to dredge openly in opposition to the EPA.

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PLP Update: Oktoberfest Weekend


Forty prospectors lucky enough to sign up early spent a weekend looking for gold and talking about gold. And there is nothing better than doing both.

Options Narrowed for Managing Chugach National Forest


Planners are narrowing their options for managing the 5.3 million-acre area Chugach National Forest.

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