Picks & Pans: Confessions of a Small Miner—Part II
April 1999 by Wally MierasPeople always ask me how much gold I'm getting? I remind them that after 27 years digging in that same mountain, I'm still a small miner. But my wife hasn't divorced me—probably because the lawyer wants all the money up front.
The diverse minerals, salts, and moisture, plus any halo effect, and old-timer trash, especially decomposing iron artifacts, are often found in any dry placer gold field and can really mask the “penetration powers” of a detector.
The state of Washington may have undiscovered oil and gas resources, especially since drilling to date has been clustered in just a few areas.
After years of negotiations between environmentalists and industry groups, observers say efforts to reform the 1872 Mining Law may finally pick up steam in Congress.
...one of our most important technical indicators, the “Dow/Gold Ratio,” may be giving off an important signal at this time, which we discuss briefly...
Manslaughter charges against the Original Sixteen to One Mine, company president Mike Miller, and manager Jonathan Farrell, were dismissed by Judge Stanley Young Jr. in Downieville, California.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
The Bawl Mill • Editorial—BLM 43 CFR 3809 Revision Status • Our Readers Say • Miner Says Mining Could Return to Boulder • Arizona Mines and Minerals Releases New Directory • Onerous New Mining Rules Adopted in Washington State • U.S. Sued for Failure to Guard Rare Species • Miner Charged in Death of Downieville Miner • Senator Warns Against Proposal to Sell Some IMF Gold • Dry Placers in the Kamma Mountains, Nevada • Company Notes • MCS Index Shows Decrease in Mining Costs • Over the Divide • The Saga of Sand Mountain • Nevada County Feeling Pain of Slumping Mining Industry • There's Gold in Those Tailings • Gold at Ragged Top, Arizona • Increase in Silver Demand by Photography Industry • Melman on Gold & Silver • Looking Back • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices