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New Montana Board Moves to Halt Mining

The Montana Board of Environmental Review has extended the comment deadline on a proposed rule for treating water discharged by mining operations. The new deadline is March 17.

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Company Notes


• Southern Era
• X-Cal Resources
• Placer Dome Inc.
• Pan American Silver Corp.
• Vista Gold Corp.

Melman on Gold & Silver


When we look ahead into 2011, we see continuing troubles such as those listed earlier, which will force the public to question the effectiveness of the entire concept of economic strength and vitality through government interventions. In fact, many of those interventions have been abject failures, and we wonder if or when the public will lose confidence in the entire system.

Looking Back


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

California State Gold Panning Championship Results


This year the State Gold Panning Championships were held August 24-27, at the California State Fair, sponsored by the Motherlode Goldhounds and Cal Expo.

The Golden Highway—Tuolumne County


Heading north into Tuolumne County on California’s Highway 49—the “Golden Highway”—from Mariposa County, you see few traces of the gold rush days because the largest mining town of the period is now covered by Don Pedro Reservoir. If you slow down and take a careful look, along the shores of the lake are numerous streaks of tailings that mark the mines of the old town of Jacksonville.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Some good news for a change
• New 49ers win Karuk appeal
• Another Oregon bill of concern

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• A parting shot from the Clinton Administration
• 43 CFR-3809
• Clinton signs Steens Mountain
• Report denounces EPAs basin cleanup
• Group sues to reverse Sequoia National Monument designation

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