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

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Irish Gold


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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Voters say "yes" to mining in Alaska
• Colorado cyanide ban case presented
• New small-scale regulations released in Washington State
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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: A Long Hike


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Give That Club Claim A Chance


My first trip to the claim was the tip-off that there might be larger gold to be found. I brought my puffer drywasher and my dad to a local prospecting club outing that was held at the claim.

Bedrock Nugget Hunting: Tools of the Trade


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Picks & Pans: Nuggetshooting Around Cactus


I mostly nugget hunt within the Great Basin and Mojave desert areas of California and Nevada, and less frequently the Sonoran desert of Arizona. I have discovered the gamma grass, sagebrush and creosote areas of the Great Basin and Mojave are friendlier to nuggetshoot than the vegetation within the Sonoran desert.

MMAC Update


One caller wondered why he should be required to join MMAC, asked why MMAC was not a non-profit, and compared it to some kind of extortion attempt. If he had questions like these, I assume there are others with similar questions and I will address them here.

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