Montana Mining Association Raising Cash
October 1999 by Associated PressThe Montana Mining Association is trying to raise more than $150,000 to pay lawyers to continue the battle to overturn Initiative 137, the 1998 ballot issue that banned cyanide processing at most new or expanded gold mines.
Cominco American Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Vancouver, British Columbia-based Cominco Ltd., is seeking regulatory approval to reopen the mine in early 2002.
For approximately 30 years, the mines produced good ore, some so rich it was simply sent straight to bagging, bypassing milling and loaded directly on the rail cars.
At the start of the 20th century, copper was king in Arizona, with one of every four workers employed in the mining trade. On the brink of a new millennium, however, the industry is no longer the cornerstone of the state's so-called "Five Cs" economy—copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate.
What is the ceramic-like material embedded with gold?
• Endangered Species Act update
• California Fish & Game tries yet another route to stop gold dredgers
Although it is now known that Mount Diablo, located in Contra Costa County in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, was the site of the largest coal mining operation in the state during the last half of the 19th century... this majestic focal point... also was the source of other minerals.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
The Bawl Mill • Our Readers Say • The Economy, The Environment and Equity • Carrizozo Lava Older Than Once Thought • GATA Releases Open Letter to the Press • WANTED: Mining Poets, Singers & Storytellers • BLM Proposed Rule Making Affects Mining Claims • Company Notes • Mining Battle Case Under Advisement • Sutro Tunnel a Big Draw • Picks & Pans: Prospecting for Lode Gold • The Search for Specimen (Pocket) Gold in the California Mother Lode • Gemstones • Dry Lakes in Nevada • A Hairsbreadth from Death • Special Suction Dredge Permits in Jeopardy • Cartwrights Celebrate 40 Years in Nevada • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Looking Back