Picks & Pans: A Pay Streak in Slate
July 1999 by Ron WendtI stared out across the Yukon River. I estimated the river at this point to be a mile wide. An occasional log floated by in the tan-colored water.
...this time, instead of swarming over streams and gravel beds teasing out flakes of the precious metal, miners may have found the fabled and elusive mother lode.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
The considerable richness of the gravels is shown by the fact that operators have successfully worked the same river sections for over 20 years.
The current administration is receptive; we believe the time is ripe to push for a return to reasonable regulations and to restore mining to a priority for public lands as long as some new crisis doesn’t take precedent.
We are quite pleased to report there are some courageous miners who have taken the time to learn their rights and have gone back to dredging while knowing they could be unlawfully harassed at any time by law enforcement…
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