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

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Working the Belmont Mine Butte, Montana—1953


Waiting to go underground in the Belmont Mine in Butte, Montana, I hoped that I didn’t look like a green college kid. I enjoyed watching the ropes run through the sheaves at the top of the head frame as the shaft crew was busy changing over...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Forest chief asks Norton to end Oregon mining moratorium
• DOI orders review of  "science" used in Klamath Basin decisions
• BLM Launches EIS for Conservation and Restoration of BLM Public Lands in Western U.S.
• Fish & Wildlife service approach to critical habitat ruled unlawful in Arizona case

History of Oil in California


Oil is a naturally occurring combustible fluid of organic origin that is commonly found in California and in many other parts of the world.

Aussie Gold—A Look at New South Wales


New South Wales is similar to Queensland. The Great Dividing Range runs close to the coast with large forests on the coastal plain. Inland from the mountains are vast grasslands with occasional forests extending to arid plains and desert.

DNI's Black Shale Metals Projects


While much attention in northern Alberta has been focused on the rapidly growing “oil sands,” another story of particular interest to the mining community has been taking shape virtually unnoticed in the same region.

Prospectors & Treasure Hunters Find Gems


Members of the Rocky Mountain Prospectors and Treasure Hunters Club from Fort Collins, Colorado, were recently entertained by W. Dan Hausel, Senior Economic Geologist with the Wyoming State Geological Survey.

MMAC & PLP Update -- Rand Mining District Gets Organized


The process of updating the Rand Mining District is underway and you’ll see a Public Notice in this issue requesting interested parties to submit an application to serve on the board.

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