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Kerry Proposes Large Fees on Miners

John Kerry’s proposal to increase mineral royalties to raise money for national parks has drawn strong opposition from officials and mining interests in Nevada, which produces 81 percent of the nation’s gold.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• California dredging update
• On a related issue, SB 233
• EPA and greenhouse gases

Melman on Gold & Silver


Strange, isn’t it, how our vocabulary has been expanding of late. Up until late 2001, the term “Twin Towers” meant either the combination of the Federal Budgetary Deficit and the National Debt or the two outstanding forwards of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. Suddenly, the only relevant meaning was the two destroyed buildings in New York City. By mid-2002, most of us who hadn’t given Afghanistan a second thought became familiar with names of towns and regions in that country.

Looking Back


Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Idaho miners will challenge new EPA permit at rally
• California proposes to amend definition of a suction dredge
• Proposed rule redefines "navigable waters"

EPA Tries to Intimidate Alaskan Miners


Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has ordered an investigation of the recent raids, saying he will not tolerate a state agency's participation in the sort of conduct displayed.

Surging Gold Prices Burn a Few Unlucky Mining Firms


The extraordinary rebound in gold prices is claiming some unlikely victims—a few of the gold mining companies themselves.

U.S. Sued for Failure to Guard Rare Species


Environmental groups have sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its refusal to designate critical habitat for seven rare species, five in California and two in Alaska.

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