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Melman on Gold & Silver

Once you have had a chance to look at our charts and quotes for this issue, I have one bit of advice. "Don't go running off to see your optometrist!"

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Route Planning Using GPS


My intention was to end this discussion with waypoints and routes, then I found USGS maps of the Plainfield Quadrangle.

The Bawl Mill


Normally this spot is reserved for a little humor or diatribe about government abuse. In light of recent events, I don’t think it’s appropriate for this issue. Following are a few personal comments.

Follow the Line


Four nuggets, ranging from one to four pennyweight, had been found originally. All four nuggets were found in a line about ten feet apart from each other.

PLP Update


The miner was drywashing using a small, gas-powered drywasher for a short period of time—maybe an hour—when he was asked by a ranger to see his permit, which is not required to prospect at this small of a scale.

Prospectores Unite in Washington State


West coast prospectors and dredgers gathered for an informal meeting following the Washington Prospectors Mining Association tradeshow in late February to discuss common problems and solutions inherent to the group.

San Diego County Tourmaline


San Diego County, California, has long been considered the finest source of pink tourmaline in the world. The Pala, Mesa Grande, Rincon, and Ramona districts in the northern portion of the county have produced tourmaline, kunzite, and other gems in great quantities, much of it jewelry and museum-quality specimens.

Looking Back


Excerpts from CMJ published 50 years ago this month.

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The Bawl Mill   • USPS Delays ICMJ Delivery at Oakland, CA Processing Center   • Another Gold Heist Reported at Nome   • No Need to Rewrite Mining Regs, NAS Study Confirms   • BLM Filing Requirements for Small Miners' Waiver   • Asarco Accepts Phelps Dodge Buyout   • Once Lonely, Mojave Desert Phone Now World's Companion   • Judge Blocks Road Protest   • Company to Sue Over Stymied Gold Mine   • No Mining / Logging on 40 Million Acres   • Catastrophism vs. Uniformitarianism   • 1st Annual Placer County Open Gold Panning Championships—1999   • Picks & Pans: The Ten-Pennyweight Nugget   • Mining in Sonora, Mexico   • Pullin' the Pin   • Land of Golden Dreams—California in the Gold Rush Decade   • Cerro Colorado Silver, Arizona   • Progressive Privy Program Proved Popular   • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices   • Surging Gold Prices Burn a Few Unlucky Mining Firms   • Looking Back

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