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Dr. Ralph E. Pray

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Gold Hill, Utah


The Gold Hill (Clifton) mining district is located 162 miles, by road, west of Salt Lake City. All but the last 12 miles of road is paved. The settlement of Gold Hill (pop. 10) lies at an elevation of 5,321 feet in desert mountains, the highest of which, Dutch Mountain, is 7,800 feet above sea level. Ponderosa pine grows at the highest elevations, with a zone of pinyons and junipers below that.

Modern-Day Claim Jumping


We soon found that our discovery post and other claim markers were gone and replaced with new posts and a notice of location with an earlier date than had been on our notice of location.

Lawsuit on Alleged Market Manipulation Continues


Blanchard and Company, which claims to be the largest retail gold dealer in the US, announced that its lawsuit against Barrick Gold Corp. and J.P. Morgan Chase & Company will move into the discovery phase.

PLP Update


…I’ll be heading back to Washington, DC, on June 4 with Clark Pearson of PLP for nearly a week of meetings with the Mine Safety and Health Administration, US Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous members of Congress in both the House and Senate.

Drywashing and Detecting for Gold


It’s important to pay attention to where you dig, because just like any placer, the gold in dry placers is concentrated in certain spots. This is especially true when you are testing and trying to determine the potential of a placer area. 

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


Suction dredging court cases in California linger on

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