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After months of war news, rising unemployment, declining economic activity and heightened world tensions, the news background took a decided turn for the better last month—at least on the surface. The war in Iraq has died down to only an occasional moderate outburst. Tensions between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors appear to be on the decline. New unemployment claims have fallen and...

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Michigan House Votes to Give Mining Operations More Flexibility


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The big moment finally arrived. With Norm suited up, I pulled the motor to life and felt instantly better. There’s really something relaxing about the sound of a dredge running—they don’t sound like anything else.

California Dredgers Shafted by Assembly Democrats


Legislation designed to provide full permit refunds to all suction dredge miners in California has been hijacked in an Assembly policy committee.

Search for the Legendary Sierra Azul


One of the most unique mining stories to derive from the days of the Spanish conquest of the Southwest is the legendary story of the Sierra Azul, or “Blue Mountain” of Arizona. The first reports of what some historians maintain is nothing more than mere myth, came in the middle of the seventeenth century, and it survived as a frontier tradition into the nineteenth century.

Ruby Hill Gold Mine to Reopen in Eureka


Barrick Gold Corp. is moving forward with the reopening of the Ruby Hill gold mine at Eureka, Nevada, and intends to begin work next month on a new power plant in western Nevada.

Samuel Franklin Hunt Nevada’s “Rio Tinto”


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Administration Considers Bypassing Congress


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