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Miners Rally Successful

Planning for the Northwest Miners Rally 2005, held August 19-20, began with a rocky start in March, with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announcing that it would like to move the rally out of Oroville, Washington, and out of...

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Hecla Fights Bad Actor Label in Montana


Environmental groups last year urged Montana regulators to impose the bad actor designation, and now are seeking to intervene in the case.

The Reynolds (Star) Gold Mine


The Reynolds gold mine is located approximately 6 miles northeast of the town of Troy, North Carolina, the county seat of Montgomery County. According to old reports, the mine was discovered around 1800. Production reports from the mine are sketchy, but mention the occurrence of telluride minerals associated with the gold. Early work was apparently confined to a number of quartz veins that traverse the property in a northeasterly direction.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Oregon miners petition US Supreme Court in Bohmker v. Oregon
  • Wheeler receives hearing as EPA administrator

The Mystery of the Grand Summit Mine


I didn’t follow-up on this opportunity at that time, as I already had as much on my plate as I could handle, but the potential for this property has never left my mind.

Pocket Gold in Gneiss


Metamorphic rocks such as gneiss and schist are known for their pocket gold deposits. Such pockets may not be large enough for major mining operations, but may be very rewarding for individuals or small companies. Gold-bearing quartz veins may cut gneiss or schist, but often the veins parallel the bedding, or foliation. The origin of mineralized veins, which parallel the foliation, has been kicked around for years.

The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part II—Pocket Hunting for Residual Placers


It is a fact that many of the well-known placer districts of the Western US have small veins that contain sparse pockets of coarse gold as their source. This is the main reason why many rich placer districts have seen little or no hard rock mining...

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