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Over The Divide—Merwin (Merv) H. Hemp

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of our long time members and tireless workers, Merwin H. Hemp.

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The Klamath Oldland


The Klamath Mountain province includes a number of separate mountain ranges, such as the Bully Choop, Marble, Salmon, Siskiyou, Trinity Alps, and Yolla Bolly, among others. They are collectively referred to as the “Klamath Mountains” in this article.

The Business Of Mining: Profits, Losses, Hobbies and Businesses


Everyone can deduct all of the ordinary and necessary expenses of conducting a trade or business. But how can anyone hope to refute the IRS’s labeling of their activity as a hobby or, probably more importantly, hope to achieve the label of a tax business?

Fire Agate in Arizona


Agate, a banded form of chalcedony (cryptocrystalline quartz), has been used as a gemstone for over 7,000 years. Romans cut and polished agate, and this practice was taken to new heights in Germany in the 16th century.

Mud Men: Pocket Miners of Southwest Oregon Part II


How many more clays seams lie adjacent to known shear zones and quartz veins in the pocket areas of southwestern Oregon?

Talking Metal Detectors with Brent Weaver of Garrett


… I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Brent Weaver, Garrett’s chief design engineer to talk about gold-oriented detectors, how they work and how prospectors can get the most out of them.

Turquoise Mining—Labor Intensive, But Worthwhile


For many years, the US had a historical tradition of small-scale mining. Individuals or small groups of miners would spend part of the year working the higher-grade sections of old mines and ship the high-grade ore to smelters or...

What's The Best Way To Invest In Gold Or Silver?


Investing in gold and silverFor those of you who don’t have the time or the means available to find gold, or you are just in the wrong part of the country, there are plenty of options available to purchase precious metals.

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