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Oil Seeps in Arizona


Compared to California, Arizona has virtually no oil seeps. But, the great Permian Basin of West Texas has virtually none either. Arizona has something that neither California nor Texas have, and that is public lands that are open for leasing. The northern half of Arizona has more seeps and is thus of greater interest, but it would be foolish to disregard the southern half because giant oil and natural gas fields could underlie some of the broad desert valleys.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • NEPA comments due
  • Update on latest US Supreme Court suction gold dredging appeal
  • Washington State tries to restrict suction gold dredging

The Gold Hill and Iowa Mine 1895-1938


Mining was curtailed at the Gold Hill Mine in Quartsburg, Idaho, in September 1895, because the owners disagreed about the profitability of pumping large volumes of water from the workings and mining the sulfide ores encountered in the lower levels. In June 1896, the property was sold at auction to A. H. Boomer of San Francisco, California for $4,500. The following day Boomer deeded the mine to...

Picks & Pans: Basic Dry Washing Operations in Gold Placer Mining


Some of the advantages of dry washing operations are low overhead costs (inexpensive methods and equipment), and the fact that many mining operations can be conducted by one or two individuals.

USFS Roadless Comments Reopened


On July 6, 2001, US Forest Service (USFS) Chief Dale Bosworth announced that the roadless rule would be revisited by publishing the following information in the Federal Register. -Ed

Over the Divide: John A. Miscovich


Mining “giant” John A. Miscovich died August 22, 2014, at the age of 96. He was the well-known inventor of the “Intelligiant” water cannon.

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