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Mining, Health Care & Taxes


Like it or not, the US Supreme Court has ruled and the so-called “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) is now the law of the land—and the Tax Code. What’s more, despite the promises of many politicians to repeal it, it may be around in some form for years to come.

Are You Being Followed?


These “people”—and I use that term loosely—worked together with others. What was happening to me was like scenes out of the old James Bond movies.

The North Star Mine


Back in the early 1800s, there was a gold mine being dug in a mining community called Garden Valley. Garden Valley is located northeast of Sacramento, between Georgetown and Coloma. They called it Garden Valley because there were some miners who thought there might be more money in growing and selling vegetables than in mining for gold.

Ruling Awards Giant Nugget to Finder


A court ruled that a taxi driver and amateur prospector who unearthed a 14.5-pound (6.6-kg) gold nugget on someone else's land is allowed to keep it.

Fix or Replace, Depreciate or Write-Off


In today’s economy, the question is often not whether to fix or replace equipment, fixtures, business assets or even the building housing the mining operation or mining-related business, it is which path is affordable.

The Struggle to Reopen Alaska's Largest Gold Mine


The historical AJ mine, located east of Juneau, Alaska, was considered the largest gold mine in the state at one time. Joe Juneau and Richard Harris struck gold there in 1880, and it has been more recently known as a tourist destination.

Tools of the Modern Prospector: The GPS


GPS provides the prospector a precise way of knowing just where something (like a mine) is located. There are many thousands of lost mine stories—some real, and some made up. The use of a GPS could well have made the difference to accurately record their location.

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