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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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Company Notes


• Canyon Resources
• Vista Gold Corp.
• Placer Dome Inc.
• Royal Gold, Inc.

Niobium and Tantalum


Niobium (columbium) and tantalum are related metals that usually occur together and are associated with vanadium on the periodic chart of the elements. Both metals have seen increased usage in high-tech applications in recent years because of increased availability.

Deadly Explosion Ruled Accidental


A federal investigation shows that the explosion that killed a 42-year-old worker at the Trapper Mine near Craig in August 1999 was an accident.

Legislative Update


Robert Sanregret—Attorney at Law
Western Mining Council
National Association of Mining Districts

Ask the Experts


Is Burkina Faso safe for prospecting?

Explosives Camp Lets Students Explore Booming Career Path


Ahhh, summer camp. Lazy days frolicking at the pool. Meeting new friends and swapping stories around the campfire. Slicing steel I-beams and concrete pillars and blowing them apart with C4 high explosives.

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