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

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Melman on Gold & Silver


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Working the Belmont Mine—1953 (Part 3—Conclusion)


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Legislative and Regulatory Update


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• Current California administration solidifies anti-mining stance
• Juneau welcomes miners
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• Barrick wins suit against EPA reporting requirements
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