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A Guide to Overlooked Gold Deposits—Part III


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Nevada Gold Value Up Along With Production


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Mining Gold Near Elk Creek, Oregon


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Montana Candidate Sees Natural Resources as Path to Recovery


The key to returning Montana’s economy to its glory days is to remove the laws that prevent development of the state’s natural resources, says Thomas Keating, the only Republican who has declared himself a candidate for governor.

Recreational Mining in the Cache Creek Mining District, Alaska


The mining district is more than 110 years old, but the two recreational mining areas are new. The State of Alaska designated the Petersville Recreational Mining Area within the past year and the Alaska Gold Mining Camp is not much older, so you can expect to find some unmined ground!

Miners Discuss Struggles at NWMA


Falling metal prices and rising production costs have squeezed profits in recent months, forcing many mine layoffs and putting some new mines on hold. Now, the industry is gearing up for another fight over mining reform legislation with a Congress that has fewer mining supporters after November’s elections that saw Democratic majorities increase in both houses.

2000 National Mining Hall of Fame Inductees


ICMJ congratulates this year's inductees to the National Mining Hall of Fame.

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