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Silverton Preserving Lofty Symbol of Mining Era

Now, the Old Hundred-Mine boarding house has a new lease on life thanks to a town where some cling to the relics of a vanquished mining industry...

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Ask the Experts


Q: How do we get Congress to make up for some of their blunders and do something productive for a change, such as releasing those withdrawn WSAs?

Hard Rock 101: Small-Scale Blasting


…the process remains much the same: Drill holes, load explosives, close up the holes, blast and muck out the resulting broken rock.

Prospecting After Winter Storms


So, how much rain does it take to cause a major movement of gravels in a stream and redistribute the gold? The technical answer is enough water to move the bed load of the river.

Enrichment of Mineral Deposits by Weathering—Part I


The exact minerals formed in the concentrated supergene deposits depends much on the type of country rock around the deposit and the chemistry of the deposit itself, but if conditions are right, this process will form some rich patches of bonanza ore, in some places valued at thousands of dollars to the ton.

Administration Considers Bypassing Congress


With Congress showing little willingness to act, the Clinton administration is weighing whether to designate a dozen scenic and historic sites in the West as federal monuments to assure their protection.

I-147 Before Montana Supreme Court


A group supporting a ballot measure to overturn a ban on using cyanide in certain mines has told the Montana Supreme Court it should throw out a lawsuit against Initiative 147. Facts surrounding the claims of I-147 opponents must be sorted out before the high court can consider the legal challenge, said proponents who call themselves Miners, Merchants and Montanans for Jobs and Economic Opportunity.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Bills introduced to stop federal management of greater sage grouse
• WOTUS under review
• Congressional Review Act

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