Letter from the Editor to our Readers and Advertisers
January 2000 by Kenneth HarnWell, as they say, "there's a time for everything and everything has it's time"—or something like that!
Our group of six met in Foresthill, California, in mid-November. The weather was crisp, but not too cold. We had planned this trip on short notice and were all eager for the adventure ahead.
On a beautiful day in 1971, my wife and I were scratching around some old miner's camp when I dug up a metal gold pan and thought I would try my hand at panning for gold. (mistake #1)
• Roadless Rule back in court again
• New mining regulations considered in Europe
• PLP in court on behalf of miners
• Karuk Tribe to appeal
• NEPA rewrite drive gets boost from Katrina
Joe Williams needs six trips with his faithful wheelbarrow to haul his "back-pack" dredge and camping supplies down into the South Yuba River canyon at the start of each dredging season. The nearest spot to leave his vehicle lies about four miles and, during the hot summers, a canteen of water away. Still, he's been doing it for about fifteen seasons since the 1970s.
Miners are digging again where their forebears once unearthed riches from eight historic mines that honeycomb Sutter Gold Mining Company’s holdings about 50 miles southeast of Sacramento.
In 1877, a prospector named Ed Schieffelin discovered silver in “the middle of nowhere” and staked two claims: “Tumbstone” and “Graveyard.” Soon a town and mining district were organized and acquired the name “Tombstone” after making a spelling correction.
• Transparently bogus website
• Top lawyer hits bottom
• The wait at the DMV just got a lot longer
• Department of Tax Evasion
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