Picks & Pans: An Exciting Hobby
January 2001 by Charles L. ButlerThe year was 1946, the war was over, and we three brothers were working for Douglas Aircraft, in Santa Monica, California. Jim and I had returned to jobs we held before entering the Navy and George was a “new hire,” having just finished a four-year hitch as a Navy Flight Crewman.
All we can say is “Welcome to 2012,” and if the first part of January is any indication, it is going to be quite a year on many fronts from the ongoing international financial crisis to the progress of a presidential election set to end this coming November.
Is there any hope for a solution? Yes, there is, and we’ve been working with Public Lands for the People, the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council, attorney James Buchal and others on that solution.
One of the oldest sayings we all learned as children was “Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” Following developments during the past month, we might rephrase that as “Questions, questions, everywhere, but not an answer to truly trust.”
On February 6, 2003, the environmental group Siskiyou Regional Education Project (SREP) filed suit in US District Court in Medford, Oregon, against the Siskiyou National Forest (SNF), in a third attempt to ban all suction dredging in the SNF.
Bismuth oxide for assaying?
If you confess to being a recreational "hands-and-pans" mining enthusiast, chances are you do not hold your own valid mining claim. You also realize locating a stretch of stream or river to legitimately dip your gold pan into is as much work to find as those precious flecks of gold.
…one thing is certain for the precious metals—these events reflect growing instability—and growing instability has historically been positive for the prices of gold and silver.
The Bawl Mill • Over the Divide • Our Readers Say • Special Editorial: Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Believes They Have the Evidence • World Gold Council News • Metal Detecting Within the Cordillera for Gold Placers Associated With Tertiary Epithermal Ore Deposits • Prospecting for Silver With a Geiger Counter • The Furnace Atmosphere During the Fire Assay • The Hanging Tree • Gold in Chihuahua, Mexico • ICMJ 10th Annual Photo Contest Results • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Looking Back