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Miner Wins Important Victory Against Forest Service

A case involving a Northern California dredger who was cited by the Forest Service for operating without a Notice of Intent, Plan of Operation or special-use authorization was resolved in the miner’s favor.

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Gold Prospecting: For Better or Worse


We all love to see that first glimmer of gold when it peeks out from under the black sand in our pan, or feel the weight of a nugget in our scoop when we dig a good target. But sometimes things don’t go quite so smoothly.

Company Notes


• Pan American Silver Corp.
• Vista Gold Corp.
• Pacific Rim Mining Corp.

California State & National Gold Panning Championships


By the end of the day Sunday there were a lot of tired panners! By then they could have panned more than 14 times to make it to the end. This was not a picnic! 

Melman on Gold & Silver


First, in order to compensate for the diminishment of purchasing power that usually accompanies rising inflation, investors normally have demanded higher interest rates on their investment assets. This was particularly true in the 1977-81 era when inflation soared to almost 20% and interest rates rose to roughly the same level.

All About Hard Rock Drills


There are three basic power sources for rock drills—electricity, gasoline and compressed air. Before we go into big pneumatic drills, we’ll start with a quick rundown of each.

Looking Back


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

ICMJ Honored As Prospecting Magazine of the Year


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The Bawl Mill   • $100 Million Lost on Faulty ESA Listing   • Geologists Locate Giant Gemstones   • Philippines Asks Foreigners to Invest in Mining   • The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part IV—Recovery of Coarse Gold From Alluvial Placers   • Healthy Interest at Recent Vancouver Conferences   • Idaho Silver Miners Come to Aid of Tsunami Victims   • Picks & Pans: In Search of a Vein: Looking for Hardrock in the Talkeetna Mountains   • Researchers Trace History of Hope Diamond   • The "Rip-Roaring" Flood That Washed Out Mazuma, Nevada   • Looking Back   • Resolution Copper Mine, Arizona   • Company Notes   • China Ups Investment in Foreign Minerals   • Melman on Gold & Silver   • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices

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