Our Readers Say
October 2012 by StaffPersonal letters from our readers.....
Q: With safety as a given, what can the average miner, or Joe-blow greenhorn do to identify and extract some metals or minerals with off-the-shelf products or natural ingredients?
Early in 2006, two prospectors, joint owners of unpermitted mining claims in San Bernardino County, California, were confronted by the County Tax Collector with stiff taxes amounting to hundreds of dollars for the “possessory right” to own mining claims in that county.
• What budget deficit?
• Congressional underdog...
• More than just 12 angry men...
I didn’t think too much of our dredge hole and we were both considering a move when we hit bedrock. There was a good quantity of flakes and fines, but no nuggets.
Two Australian miners who survived for two weeks in a kennel-size cage trapped 3,000 feet underground walked out of the Beaconsfield Gold Mine and punched the air, freed by rescue crews drilling round-the-clock by hand.
What a start to the year! In just the first two weeks of 2008, we saw the price of gold explode to the highest levels in history at $900 per ounce, Crude Oil reach $100 per barrel, some of the world’s largest financial institutions collapse in market value, unrest spread in Pakistan following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the worst jobs report from the Department of Labor in at least two years and the continued erosion of residential real estate values.
When others saw piles of waste rock at the former LTV Steel Mining property, Brad Gerlach saw opportunity.
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