February 2002 by Ron WendtThese gifts of nature are all unique to say the least. Any large nugget is an added blessing to the long toiling hours a miner puts in on his claim. Each golden clunker found is an added bonus. And each big one found will be discussed around the dinner table, or the fireplace.
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• BLM slates July meetings for Cortez Gold Mine
• ESA comments needed
• NMFS hatchery policy angers ESA critics
I have a slight mental disorder. It causes frequent lapses in common sense, good judgment and bouts of high fever—gold fever.
This year was a test. We had never done anything like this before, yet we grossed $30,000 in the short time we had to mine.
• Sick and tired of being sick and tired—I need a vacation!
• Straight from the horse's mouth
• The federal budget is about to SNAP
• Taxation without (insurance) representation
The first pieces found were in a spot that most gold hunters would not even detect, right in the middle of a downslope meadow.
Backers of the petition drive that began five months ago said they secured only about two-thirds of the 97,000 signatures they needed by the deadline to place the measure on the November ballot.
• By the numbers...
• National Debt
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