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The Grubstake Gulch Placers, Alaska

I’m not sure if it was the cold, clear, pure drinking waters of Grubstake Gulch and Willow Creek that have drawn me over the years, or the flat nuggets of gold I have dug out now and then. Since about 1973, I’ve extensively prospected up...

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Groups Wonder Meaning of Call for More Wilderness


U.S. Forest Service Chief Michael Dombeck says there ought to be more wilderness—a comment that raised some concerns.

Volume is the Key to Success


While recovery rates are important, they must necessarily be secondary to the volume of material processed. Running more material at lower recovery rates is generally preferable to increasing the efficiency of the system.

El Paso Mountains Mining History


The El Paso Mountains of California are located in the extreme northwestern portion of the Mojave Desert, between Highways 14 and 395, about twenty miles southwest of China Lake. The area is rich in mining history, not far from the great Randsburg district gold mines that are still producing today.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Comments needed from small-scale miners in Oregon
• News from the House and Senate
• Governor shows support for mining

Prospecting Homonyms


Three homonyms come to mind when I think of gemstones, gold and vegetables: carrot, carat and karat. Let’s look at carrot first.

Gold Pours Again at Jerritt Mine


Yukon-Nevada received permission last month from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to restart the mill, after the agency determined the company met environmental standards.

Vehicles Equal Moving Deductions for Mining Operations


Knowing how and when to deduct the cost and expenses of the vehicles used in the prospecting or mining operation can have significant tax implications.

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