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Nevada County Feeling Pain of Slumping Mining Industry


A major slump in the gold mining industry is taking its toll on central Nevada, where county commissioners are planning a 30 percent across-the-board spending cut beginning July 1.

Detecting for Possible Mid-Range Eluvial Gold


Actually, this mid-range gold zone can exist in any eluvial placer field with a shallow zone where the ground “tightens up” below the loosely packed surface dirt to harder packed dirt. However, its presence depends upon several factors:

Silver Bonanza in the Sierra Madre: The Glorious Past of Batopilas—Part II


John Kyrk was a prospector who appeared in Batopilas about 1863. Little is known about him, but he had the foresight to pick a mine just 59 yards north of the San Miguel property, and dug a tunnel that ran parallel with the San Miguel in the same mountain, cutting the same veins.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Pombo to introduce ESA reform bill
• Utah addresses roadless areas
• Appeal by active duty soldier

Placer Gold in the Black Hills, South Dakota


During the Indian Wars in 1874, General George Custer and his men camped on French Creek in the southern Black Hills, near the present site of Custer, South Dakota. Two of his men found placer gold in French Creek. Word got out, and before long, a party of prospectors arrived. However, the government had signed a treaty with the Sioux Indians to stay out of the Black Hills. This led to prospectors sneaking in and working creeks all over the region at their own risk.

Detecting During Summer Heat


This concept of detecting does not always work as we sometimes get a week or so where the temperatures rise to 116°—sometimes more.

BLM Proposed Rule Making Affects Mining Claims


In this proposed rule, BLM is seeking to amend regulations to respond to a recent law that continues to require claimants to pay location and maintenance fees on unpatented mining claims or sites and to provide annual maintenance fee waivers to small miners until September 30, 2001.

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